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Alert about food insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Alert about food insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Panama City, May 24 (Prensa Latina) The increase in global prices as a result of the conflict in Ukraine is worsening food insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned here on Tuesday.
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The world situation caused by the war between Ukraine and Russia – and the sanctions imposed from the West –are aggravating the problems of the pandemic and leading to the need for more resources to help vulnerable people in the region, the agency added in a statement issued in this capital, where its regional headquarters are located.

According to the WFP, food insecurity affects 9.3 million people in the countries where it is in the region, a figure that could increase to 13.3 million if the war persists.

It is even more serious: the number of severely food insecure people increased by more than half a million between December 2021 and March 2022, it said.

In a context marked by the disproportionate increase in the prices of raw materials and energy, food inflation poses an imminent risk for the countries dependent on cereal imports that Ukraine led, it argued.

On the other hand, the Caribbean islands that import a large part of their food will be affected when the cost of sea freight increases.

In exact figures, the WFP reported that the average costs per metric ton of rice, black beans, lentils and vegetable oil that they buy to distribute in the region increased by 27 percent between January and April 2022, and 111 percent between January 2019 and April 2022.

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