The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reports that the ongoing war in Ukraine has brought 70 million people to the brink of starvation.
In addition, the war also affected the food supply of another 345 million people. The organization calls the created situation “alarming.”
The Executive Director of the UN World Food Program, David Beasley, told the UN Security Council that after the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020, the ongoing war in Ukraine has made it even more difficult to provide food for the planet’s population.
He said it is incredibly troubling that 50 million of those people in 45 countries are suffering from very acute malnutrition and are “knocking on famine’s door.”
“What was a wave of hunger is now a tsunami of hunger,” he said, pointing to rising conflict, the pandemic’s economic ripple effects, climate change, rising fuel prices and the war in Ukraine.