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UN: In the pandemic, the number of hungry rose by a third and continues to rise




The number of people at risk of hunger now stands at 41 million, up from 34 million last year, according to the UN World Food Program (WFP).





“Today, up to 270.5 million people are acutely food insecure or at high risk of facing food insecurity in 2021 — driven by conflict, economic shocks, natural disasters, and the socio-economic consequences of COVID-19,” the material says.

According to the organization, the people of Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Sudan, and Yemen are most likely to face hunger.

In this regard, this year WFP launched the largest operation in the history of the organization — it covers 139 million people around the world, that is, about half of those who are hungry or experiencing food shortages. WFP estimates the aid to fight food shortages at $710 million.

It is noted that for the first three months of 2021, 67 million people received support from the organization.

Earlier, Pope Francis said that the existence of hunger in the world is a crime, as hunger is a violation of human rights. The pontiff added that although new technologies are being developed to increase the capacity for food production on Earth, people continue to “exploit nature to the point of sterilization.


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