The 2022 Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC) has indicated globally, levels of hunger remain alarmingly high. In 2021, they surpassed all previous records as reported by the GRFC said, with close to 193 million people acutely food insecure and in need of urgent assistance across 53 countries/territories, according to the findings of the GRFC 2022.
This represents an increase of nearly 40 million people compared to the previous high reached in 2020, as reported in the GRFC 2021.
This increase must be interpreted with care, given that it can be attributed to both a worsening acute food insecurity situation and
a substantial, 22 per cent expansion in the population analysed between 2020 and 2021.
However, even when considering the share of the analysed population in Crisis or worse (IPC/CH Phase 3 or above) or equivalent, the proportion of the population in these phases has increased since 2020, the report added.
When considering the results of the six editions of the GRFC, the number of people has risen by 80 percent since 2016, when around
108 million people across 48 countries were acutely food insecure and in need of urgent assistance (Crisis or worse (IPC/CH Phase 3
or above) or equivalent.
When comparing the 39 countries/territories that were consistently in food crisis in all six editions of the GRFC, the number of people in Crisis or worse (IPC/CH Phase 3 or above) or equivalent almost doubled between 2016 and 2021 – up from 94 million to almost 180 million.
This increase across the six years of the GRFC – both in terms of absolute numbers and the percentage of the analysed population in these three highest acute food insecurity phases – reflects increased availability of acute food insecurity data, broader geographical coverage, revised population figures, and deteriorating food security contexts in a number of countries.