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WFP warns of increased food insecurity in Latin America

United Nations, Jul 26 (Prensa Latina) The socioeconomic crisis caused by Covid-19, the impact of the Ukraine conflict, and climate change are currently increasing food insecurity in Latin America, said the WFP.

The regional office of the World Food Program (WFP) for Latin America and the Caribbean stated that nearly 10 million people are in severe food insecurity in 13 countries due to the impact of multiple crises on vulnerable populations. If it continues, the figure would increase to 13.3 million.

Migratory movements -considered as a symptom of the problems afflicting Latin American countries and seen as a last resort by those who desperately decide on this route for having no resources for food and other basic needs- are one of the reasons of these vulnerable people.

To mitigate the situation, it is important to provide urgent assistance to the most vulnerable people and also address its root causes, said the WFP Regional Director Lola Castro.

WFP´s data indicated that 15% of people living in Latin America and the Caribbean intends to migrate, accounting for an increased 4% compared to 2021. For Central Americans, the figure is higher, 43%.

In relation to hunger and malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean, the WFP annual report The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022 (SOFI) also meant the region is increasingly suffering from these scourges.

Between 2020 and 2021, the undernourished population increased by four million, with 56.4 million (8.6% of the Latin American population).


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