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Global report on food crises

Report front cover titled Global Report on Food Crisis

This report on the global food crisis, aimed at humanitarian and development stakeholders and policymakers, provides detailed and interactive data related to global food insecurity and food-crisis across 59 countries or territories. 


This report, developed in collaboration between the Food Security Information Network and the 16 partner agencies, is a global assessment of food insecurity and food-crisis. A key finding is that in 2023,  across 59 countries or territories that are considered to be in food-crisis, 281.6 million people (21.5% of the population analysed) faced high levels of food insecurity.

The report defines relevant terms including:

Food security - “This exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life (HLPE, 2020).”

Acute food insecurity - “Acute food insecurity is any manifestation of food insecurity at a specific point in time that is of a severity that threatens lives, livelihoods or both, regardless of the causes, context or duration.

Food crisis - “A situation where acute food insecurity requires urgent action to protect and save lives and livelihoods at local or national levels and exceeds the local resources and capacities to respond”

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Figure 1: Global map detailing the number of people facing high levels of food insecurity in the 59 countries or territories analysed in this report. 

The report is designed for humanitarian and development stakeholders and policymakers and seeks to present data on the underlying and immediate drivers of acute food insecurity and malnutrition. The authors also seek to offer information and guidance into immediate and medium-term risks related to food security and nutrition status of populations.



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Figure 2: Drivers of food crisis in the 59 countries or territories analysed including conflict/insecurity, economic shocks, and weather extremes. 

Readers will find detailed and specific data as well as interactive maps and data tools categorised by region: Central and Southern Africa, East Africa, West Africa and the Sahel, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, with special focus sections on conflict areas in Sudan,  Palestine (Gaza Strip) and Ukraine. 


FSIN and Global Network Against Food Crises. 2024. 

GRFC 2024. Rome. 

Read more here. See also our essay Aid, structural reforms or empowerment: Assessing diverse interventions to abate food crises in Southern Africa and the TABLE explainer What is food security? 

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