War In Ukraine Exacerbates Global Hunger

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is raising the threat of global hunger. And east Africa is experiencing the worst drought in 40 years. Aid organizations warn of a catastrophe if urgent action isn’t taken. Food assistance is essential to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in the area.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is raising the threat of global hunger, as the two countries are major suppliers of wheat and cooking oil. This comes as part of east Africa is experiencing the worst drought in 40 years, and South Sudan has been hit by severe flooding. Aid organizations warn of a catastrophe if urgent action isn’t taken.

Sudan continues to face persistently high levels of acute malnutrition and stunting, which constitute a significant public health problem. National prevalence of global acute malnutrition – too thin for height – is 13.6 percent. About 3 million children suffer from wasting annually, with approximately 2.4 million and 600.000 suffering from moderate acute malnutrition and severe acute malnutrition respectively.

The combined effects of conflict, economic crisis, climate shocks and poor harvests are significantly affecting people’s access to food. These factors will likely double the number of people facing acute hunger to more than 18 million people in 2022.

In South Sudan Women and girls suffer disproportionately from hunger and food insecurity. Cultural norms and decades of violence – including rape as a weapon of war – underpin deep gender inequalities. Men control most productive assets and positions of power. With 80 percent of the country’s women illiterate, domestic violence and early marriage are commonplace.

Food assistance is essential to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in the country.

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