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Brussels, 16 September 2022

Scarcity of food is becoming a growing concern for millions of people, particularly in Africa and Asia and especially in those countries already afflicted by hunger. By mid-2022, the population facing the three highest phases of acute food insecurity was greater than at any point in the six-year history of the Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC).

The current food crisis is having an immediate impact on food prices and the availability of supply for much of the world’s population, and this impact is likely to continue in the long term, especially in developing countries.

Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is exacerbating the situation, reducing the availability of food worldwide. Before the onset of war in Ukraine in February 2022, global food commodity prices were at a ten-year high due to the economic effects of COVID-19. The impact of the war further increased global food prices, and although international reference prices for food commodities started decreasing in the second quarter of 2022, prices are still 7.9 percent higher year-on-year in August 2022 (FAO, September 2022).

The global food insecurity is currently a top priority for the European Union.

This new library guide allows you to learn about the European Union’s actions to restore food security. This guide gives you access to numerous documentary resources regarding the global food crisis and to the latest comprehensive reports.

This post does not necessarily represent the positions, policies, or opinions of the Council of the European Union or the European Council.

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Source – EU Council

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