The World Food Program warned that this number is rising from 27 million in 2019 to over 30 million by 2020, and warned that there could be a major disaster.
These 45 million people are “about” to enter the fourth stage of World Food Program’s food security classification. This is when they will be in a “food emergencies” or “famine” situation, which is far more severe than “food insecurity”.
This represents an increase of approximately 3 million people compared to the initial estimate of the population. The main reason is the end of the Afghan war. According to the World Food Program, the Taliban’s advancement of the country has put 3 million people on the brink of a phase 4 emergency. The new estimates also include increases in affected populations in Ethiopia, Somalia and Angola as well as Kenya, Burundi, Somalia, Somalia, Kenya, Kenya, and Kenya.
“Tens of millions of people are staring into the abyss. The number of people who are extremely hungry has increased due to conflict, climate change, and covid-19. Recent data has shown that 45 million people are living on the edge. From hunger,” World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley sighed after visiting Afghanistan.
Beasley warned of rising fuel prices and food price increases that have contributed to the current crises in Afghanistan and Syria.
Although the World Food Programme and its humanitarian partners are stepping up their efforts to help, “when traditional funding flows are overwhelmed, the demand far exceeds the available resources.”
The World Food Programme equated the cost of avoiding global hunger to 7 billion U.S. Dollars (6 billion euro) with the initial cost estimate of 6.6 billion U.S. Dollars (5.7 billion euro).
These 42 million people hail from 43 countries. These families often have to eat less or no meals, feed their children, and even eat wild leaves and cacti for survival, much like what happened in Madagascar.
Other places force families to get married early, drop their children from school or betray their children in order to survive.
In Afghanistan, for example, 8.7 million people are living in a state where there is famine due to drought or conflict (phase 4). Another 2.2 million people are needed in Ethiopia and Madagascar. There are also 1.4million people living in South Sudan (more that 100,000 in the fifth stage of the most serious: disaster scenario) and 5 million in Yemen.
Beasley added: “As the cost of humanitarian assistance increases exponentially, we need more funds to help families around the world that have exhausted their ability to cope with extreme hunger.”