GNAFC releases “Global Report on Food Crises 2021”

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Global Network Against Food Crises(GNAFC) has released the “Global Report on Food Crises 2021”.

Key Findings:
  • Firstly, more than 155 million people experienced acute food insecurity in 2020. This is an increase of 20 million as compared to 2019.
  • Secondly, two-thirds of the people in acute food crisis levels were in 10 countries. Such as Congo, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, northern Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Haiti.
  • Thirdly, the majority of the people facing acute food insecurity depend on agriculture.
  • Fourthly, according to the report, 40.5 million people in 17 countries faced acute food insecurity because of “economic shocks”. This is primarily due to cut in jobs and incomes.
  • Reasons: The magnitude and severity of food crises in 2020 worsened due to:
    • Prolonged conflicts
    • Economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Weather extremes that increased pre-existing fragilities.
About Global Report on Food Crises 2021:
  • The report focuses on 55 countries that account for 97% of the humanitarian assistance.
  • Also, the report depicts the acute food insecurity and malnutrition situation in countries chronically vulnerable to food crises. These countries often affected by fragile agri-food systems.
About Global Network Against Food Crises(GNAFC):
  • It was founded during the first World Humanitarian Summit in 2016. It was jointly found by
    • European Commission for International Cooperation and Development,
    • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and
    • The World Food Programme(WFP)
  • Purpose: It is an alliance that is united by a common commitment to tackle the root causes of food crises. They aim to tackle the food crisis through increased sharing of knowledge and analysis and strengthened coordination.

Source: Business Today

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