Right now, 50 million people living across 45 countries are facing emergency levels of hunger. Stress on global food systems could lead to 323 million people facing acute hunger in 2022.
The effects of climate change, conflict and COVID-19 have combined to create a situation where action is essential. World hunger rose by an unprecedented 18% last year. Progress made to reduce world hunger in recent decades has largely evaporated.
The war in Ukraine is also contributing to the sharp rise in global food prices, which are 34% higher than this time last year. One of the biggest customers of Ukrainian wheat, the World Food Programme, has reported that their monthly costs have risen by US $71 million a month—the equivalent of daily food rations for 3.8 million people.
PWS&D is already responding with Canadian Foodgrains Bank and ACT Alliance in places like South Sudan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, where hunger needs are worsening every day. Today, as food prices continue to rise, more resources are required to feed the same number of people. Your contribution will help us reach so many more.
The impact of these converging issues is disproportionately felt by women and girls, who make up 60% of acutely food insecure people globally. When women don’t have the nutrition they need, the impacts can be devastating, including increased maternal and infant mortality. Food insecurity also puts women and girls at increased risk of gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and child marriage.
Your support is more important than ever!