A new report from Oxfam on Friday, entitled “The Hunger Virus Multiplies” revealed that conflict remains the main cause of hunger since the beginning of the pandemic, which has pushed more than half a million people into famine-like conditions, a six-fold increase since 2020.
The report stated that 155 million people around the world are now suffering from high levels of food insecurity or worse, an increase of 20 million from last year, with about two out of three of these people suffering from hunger primarily because their country is in a state of war and conflict.
The report also describes the massive impact that economic shocks, particularly from the coronavirus pandemic, along with the deepening climate crisis, have had in pushing tens of millions of people into hunger. Mass unemployment and severe disruption to food production have sent global food prices up 40%, the highest rise in more than a decade.
According to the report, some of the world's worst hunger hotspots continue to suffer from conflict, including Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, which have seen a rise in severe hunger levels since last year.