Across 42 countries up to 161 million people have been estimated to be acutely food insecure or at high risk - a significant increase with respect to 2020. Equally concerning is the rise in the number of persons displaced within and across international borders while fleeing conflict, persecution, violence or human rights violations, rising to over 80 million in 2020.
Nearly all countries facing food insecurity are affected by conflict. And the deterioration of humanitarian access is further aggravating the dire outlook. Meaning, the deliberate obstruction and impediment of humanitarian aid is compounding an already grave situation.
This session will highlight the need for political action to address the nexus between conflict and hunger, and confront the impunity which propels the continued use of starvation as a weapon of war.