World Food Programme: 41 Million People Face Food Insecurity

This 2021, approximately 41 million people in 43 countries are food insecure. They are people in the countries of the African continent, including Somalia, Nigeria, Sudan, and Uganda. Skyrocketing food prices is the reason for millions of malnourished children in Africa.

One of the underprivileged families in Africa receives Qurbani meat from ACT.
Illustration. One of the underprivileged families in Africa receives Qurbani meat from ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Recent WFP analyses show that 41 million people are teetering on the very edge of famine in 43 countries, and the slightest shock will push them over the precipice. This number has risen from 27 million in 2019. Conflict, climate change, and economic shocks due to the Covid-19 pandemic have been driving the rise in hunger.

Of the 43 countries with food insecurity, the majority are from African countries where many developing countries are struggling to survive various humanitarian crises. Among them are Somalia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, and Madagascar.

WFP also states that pressures on food security are being compounded by soaring prices for basic foods in 2021. The United Nations says the increase in food prices this year is the highest in a decade. Vegetable oils, sugar, and cereals led the increase in May 2021, with prices almost 40 percent higher than a year ago.

Currently, global corn prices have soared nearly 90 percent over the years. Wheat prices rose nearly 30 percent during the same period. This is certainly an irony because both are basic foods of many countries in the world.

Not only adults. Food insecurity also affects children in Africa. The difficulty of getting food makes many of them have to endure hunger for days. In six countries in East Africa, namely Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda, at least 12.8 million children are acutely malnourished.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) strives to reduce the food crisis through Global Qurban.Global Qurban will distribute Qurbani meat to underprivileged brothers and sisters around the world, including Africa. Every year, ACT routinely distributes the Qurbani meats from Indonesian Qurbani donors to the African people. In 2020, nearly 1 million people in 33 countries were benefited from thousands of Qurbani animals provided by Global Qurban.[]