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Global: Why food prices go up so much

Updated Oct 21, 2021
GETTY IMAGES SUPERMARKET It's not just rice and beans. It's the meat, it's the vegetables, it's the tomato, worrying both barbecue fans and vegans alike. Food prices around the world have soared in the last year. The United Nations (UN) speaks of "unprecedented catastrophic levels of food security," and there are fears that price increases will continue — and even more so.
"Almost half a million people are facing starvation conditions in Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Sudan and Yemen. In recent months, vulnerable populations in Burkina Faso and Nigeria have also come to live in these conditions," the UN said in an official statement . On October 16, when World Food Day was celebrated, the organization made an appeal for additional support to support 41 million people in various countries who are at risk of a famine crisis. According to the UK-based charity The Hunger Project, 690 million people worldwide live in chronic hunger — 60% of them are women. In addition, 850 million are at risk of falling into poverty due to the covid-19 pandemic. The situation in Brazil is also serious. Recent scenes of people lining up to take bits and bones home or digging up scraps of food inside a garbage truck have gone viral on social media. According to data from the Covid-19 National Survey on Food Insecurity in the Context of the Pandemic, 19 million Brazilians are ...
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