EUROPE/ITALY - Long-term sustainable solutions are urgently needed: World Hunger Day

Saturday, 28 May 2022

Rome (Agenzia Fides) - "To avert the imminent risk of an unprecedented global food crisis, there is an urgent need for long-term sustainable solutions and political will and determination, addressing the roots of our unjust food system that triggers hunger", says the Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Aloysius John, on the occasion of World Hunger Day which is celebrated today May 28, 2022.
The impact of COVID-19, conflicts, climate crisis, the war in Ukraine are having terrible consequences all over the world, especially as regards to food insecurity. Hence the appeal to Agenzia Fides of the Caritas Confederation that calls on governments and the main stakeholders to commit themselves at all levels and to urge the implementation of sustainable recovery strategies based on addressing the impacts of climate change and conflicts . "A world without hunger is possible if people are motivated and encouraged to become active players in food production", said Aloysius John.
According to the note received, in Burkina Faso, in order to assist the more than 2.2 million people who have suffered from hunger due to the conflict and extreme climatic conditions, the local Caritas has provided the affected people with food and access to social and economic services in order to improve inclusion. It also facilitated access to information and services for smallholder farmers and other actors in the value chain to improve the production and processing of sustainable products and nutritious food. In the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, the Confederation has organized and supported a series of microfinance initiatives. Around the world, some 276 million people suffer from acute food insecurity, while 811 million people still go to sleep without eating. In the Sahel and Horn of Africa regions, several million people are facing drought and famine conditions, and an estimated 15-16 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of immediate food assistance due to drought. (see Fides, 23/5/2022). In Venezuela, where child malnutrition rose to 26% during the Covid-19 pandemic, 9.3 million people are in conditions of food insecurity and 96% of the population lives in poverty, on less than $ 3 a day. In Syria, more than 55% of the population is believed to suffer from food insecurity. The number of malnourished Syrian children – more than 6.5 million - has increased by 7% in the last year alone. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 28/5/2022)