The significant story of how the global food crisis has been unfolding in our world
The world is facing a global food crisis. Organizations such as the World Food Programme and UNICEF and Global Network Against Food Crises have been sounding the alarm, sharing inconceivable statistics about the significant impact and implications of this crisis.
Many of us have experienced the impact of this crisis in one way or another as food prices rise and our go-to grocery items become out of stock in our local grocery stores. But as we unpack how this global food crisis is unfolding in our world today, we must recognize that the most vulnerable around the world are being hit the hardest.
Right now, families in poverty are being pushed to the brink of starvation. As the food crisis continues to couple with numerous malignant factors such as conflict, extreme weather, drought and the aftermath of the pandemic, global hunger worsens.
This crisis has not happened upon our world suddenly but has been unfolding for the past couple of years. The individual factors contributing to the global food crisis have simply compounded and have gained the attention of the media.
But those who are on the ground serving communities in poverty, like the local church, have long been fighting to answer hunger with hope as they see the very prevalent reality of the global food crisis in the lives of children and families.
We have compiled news articles that will help you glean a clearer picture of the global food crisis and how it is impacting the most vulnerable today. Learn more about how this crisis has been unfolding across our globe through these harrowing and significant headlines.
In 2021, we began to see headlines like these:
Reuters: Higher food prices help fuel 74% jump in global hunger — UN agency (July 8, 2021)
AP News: Oxfam: 11 people die of hunger each minute around the globe (July 9, 2021)
AP News: UN projects soaring humanitarian needs in world in 2022 (Dec. 2, 2021)
And throughout this year, the headlines have increased in frequency and urgency:
Reuters: Millions facing severe hunger in Horn of Africa — U.N. food agency (Feb. 9, 2022)
CNN: War has brought the world to the brink of a food crisis (March 14, 2022)
NPR: As the war in Ukraine continues, so does the threat to a global food crisis (April 14, 2022)
McKinsey (Podcast): The rising risk of a global food crisis (April 19, 2022)
Reuters: World will face a food crisis, says Brazilian minister (May 4, 2022)
VOA News: World Faces Looming Hunger Crisis (May 4, 2022)
Reuters: Ukraine war set to worsen severe hunger worldwide — U.N. report (May 4, 2022)
AP News: UN: Record number of people without enough to eat in 2021 (May 5, 2022)
UN News: Severe malnutrition or wasting, ‘excruciatingly painful’ threat to child survival (May 17, 2022)
The Economist: An emerging global food crisis (May 17, 2022)
UN News: Nations must ‘act together, urgently and with solidarity’ to end crisis of food insecurity (May 18, 2022)
The Economist: The coming food catastrophe (May 19, 2022)
The Guardian: Apocalypse now? The alarming effects of the global food crisis (May 21, 2022)
CNN (video): UN and World Trade Organization warn of global food supply crisis (May 25, 2022)
New York Times: How Bad Is the Global Food Crisis Going to Get? (June 7, 2022) (op-ed)
BBC News: War’s harvest: the looming food crisis (June 10, 2022)
The Guardian: ‘Marching towards starvation’: UN warns of hell on earth if Ukraine war goes on (June 17, 2022)
AP News: EXPLAINER: How did Russia-Ukraine war trigger a food crisis? (June 18, 2022)
Rolling Stone: Planet Hunger: Inside the Global Food Crisis (June 19, 2022)
UN News: Global hunger crisis pushing one child per minute, into severe malnutrition (June 23, 2022)
Reuters: World faces unprecedented global hunger crisis, U.N. chief says (June 24, 2022)
Newsweek (op-ed): Gathering Storm of Famine Looms Over Many Nations (June 24, 2022)
AP News: Record number of people worldwide are moving toward starvation, U.N. warns (July 7, 2022)
Deutsche Welle (video): Global food crisis: A world going hungry? | DW Business Beyond (July 7, 2022)
Wall Street Journal: Ukraine War Pushes Millions of the World’s Poorest Toward Starvation (July 10, 2022)
It is important to remember what these headlines represent. These news articles remind us of human stories. This is more than just information. It is a reflection of the lives that are being impacted today and every day. It is a call to answer hunger with hope.
Note: The news articles included in this post are meant to bring awareness to the scope and scale of the global food crisis as reported by reputable media outlets that cover international news, and do not necessarily represent Compassion’s viewpoint.
About Compassion — A leading child development organization, Compassion is helping more than 2 million children in 27 countries learn the skills and receive the opportunities they need to overcome poverty.