The Strategist

UN FAO: Over 280 million people faced acute hunger in 2023

04/25/2024 - 03:07

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stated in a research paper that war, harsh weather, and economic hardships had made the state of food security in 2023 worse than it was in 2022.

According to the report, 282 million people across 59 countries experienced severe hunger in 2023. There are now 24 million more people in this condition than there were in 2022.

135 million people experienced starvation as a result of global conflicts; 72 million people experienced floods or droughts; and a total of around 75 million people experienced economic shocks in 21 different nations.

The Gaza Strip and Sudan saw the most significant decline in conditions. As a result, roughly 600,000 individuals in the Palestinian enclave faced famine last year; subsequently, that number increased to 1.1 million. 20.3 million people in Sudan were severely food insecure.

In just five years, from 2016 to 2023, the number of people experiencing food insecurity increased from 108 million to 282 million, according to the FAO. Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Syria, and Yemen are all impacted by protracted catastrophic crises.