UN warns 345 million people at risk of starvation

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The United Nations World Food Program warned on 16 September that the world is facing a global emergency, because 345 million people are marching toward starvation.


  • David Beasley, executive director of the UN World Food Program, said 345 million people in 82 countries are facing acute food insecurity.
  • He said that 50 million people in 45 countries suffer from acute malnutrition.

  • This widespread and growing food insecurity is the result of direct and indirect effects of conflict and violence.

  • Rising food, fuel and fertilizer prices have driven 70 million people near starvation since Russia invaded neighbouring Ukraine on February 24.

United Nations World Food Program :

  • It is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations.

  • It is the world's largest humanitarian organization focused on hunger and food security and the largest provider of school meals.

  • It aims to fulfil the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with a priority on achieving SDG 2 for "zero hunger" by 2030.

  • It was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020 for its efforts to provide food assistance in areas of conflict.

  • Founded -  1961  

  • Headquartered -  Rome

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