U.N. Secretary-General — World Faces ‘Real Risk’ Of Multiple Famines

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told an international conference on food security held recently that the world is facing the “real risk” of multiple famines this year and that 2023 could be even worse.

“The war in Ukraine has compounded problems that have been brewing for years: climate disruption; the COVID-19 pandemic; the deeply unequal recovery,” Guterres said by video message to the Uniting for Global Food Security ministerial conference in Berlin.

He said rising fuel and fertilizer prices are dramatically affecting the world’s farmers.

“All harvests will be hit, including rice and corn – affecting billions of people across Asia, Africa and the Americas,” Guterres said. “This year’s food access issues could become next year’s global food shortage.”

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