There has been a “dramatic increase” in food insecurity around the world the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Friday.
FAO was one of the UN agencies contributing to a new report on food crises, along with the European Union (EU), the United States development agency USAID, and others.
Around 108 million people were categorized as “severely food insecure” during 2016, compared with 80 million the previous year.
The increase is largely due to the difficulties of producing and accessing food in conflict zones and the knock-on effect of higher food prices.
Luca Russo, FAO’s Senior Strategic Advisor on resilience, told Sandra Ferrari that of the 13 most serious food crises around the world, 10 were due to conflict.