EUROPE/ITALY – Urgent need to find long-term sustainable solutions: World Hunger Day
Saturday, 28 May 2022
Rome (Agenzia Fides) – “To avoid the imminent risk of an unprecedented world food crisis, it is urgent to find long-term sustainable solutions and to show political will and determination, attacking the roots of our unjust food system that triggers hunger,” Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Aloysius John said on World Hunger Day, which is celebrated today, 28 May 2022.
The impact of COVID-19, conflicts, the climate crisis, the war in Ukraine is having terrible consequences around the world, especially when it comes to food insecurity. Hence the Caritas Confederation’s call on governments and key stakeholders to engage at all levels and urge the implementation of sustainable recovery strategies based on tackling the effects of climate change. climate and conflict.
“A world without hunger is possible if people are motivated and encouraged to become actors in food production”, underlined Aloysius John.
According to the note received, in order to help the more than 2.2 million people who have suffered from hunger due to the conflict and the extreme climatic conditions, the local Caritas in Burkina Faso has provided the affected people with food and l access to social and economic services to improve inclusion. It has also facilitated access to information and services for smallholder farmers and other value chain actors to improve the production and processing of sustainable products and nutritious foods. In the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, the Confederation organized and supported a number of microfinance initiatives.
Worldwide, some 276 million people suffer from acute food insecurity, while 811 million people still go to bed without eating. In the Sahel and Horn of Africa regions, several million people are facing drought and famine, and an estimated 15-16 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of immediate food aid due to the drought (see Fides 23/5/2022). In Venezuela, where child malnutrition reached 26% during the Covid-19 pandemic, 9.3 million people are food insecure and 96% of the population lives in poverty, on less than USD 3 a day . In Syria, it is estimated that more than 55% of the population is food insecure. The number of Syrian children suffering from malnutrition – more than 6.5 million – has increased by 7% in the last year alone.
(AP) (Agenzia Fides, 28/5/2022)