December 7 According to an AFP report on the 6th, the United Nations released a report on the 6th that from 2019 to 2021, rising food prices in Latin America and the Caribbean increased the number of hungry people in the region by more than 13 million.
The report, jointly released by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Food Programme, reports that Latin America and the Caribbean are particularly vulnerable to the global food crisis caused by the Russo-Ukritish war due to its high dependence on imports of wheat, maize and fertilizers.
The report said: “The number of people suffering from hunger in the region has increased by 13.2 million to 56.5 million.”
In addition, the number of people affected by moderate or severe food shortages reached 267.7 million in 2021, accounting for 40.6% of the region’s population. According to the report, this is “far higher” than the world average of 29.3%.
The report said: “Inflation in food prices and extreme poverty are one of the reasons for the increase in food shortages and hunger.”
Lubertkin, Assistant Director-General of FAO, said: “The heavy dependence on imported fertilizers and the volatility of food prices have an inevitable negative impact on the population of the region, especially the rural population.”