The Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC) 2023 estimates that over a quarter of a billion people were acutely food-insecure and required urgent food assistance in 58 food-crisis countries in 2022. This is the highest number in the seven-year history of the GRFC. The findings of the report suggest that achieving the goal of ending hunger by 2030 is ever more challenging as the population facing high levels of acute food insecurity has increased for the fifth consecutive year. Nearly 258 million people in 58 countries/territories were in Crisis or worse acute food insecurity (IPC/CH Phase 3 or above, or equivalent) in 2022 – up from 193 million in 53 countries/territories in 2021. This is the highest on record since the GRFC started reporting these data in 2017.

Out of the 258 million people facing the highest levels of acute food insecurity in 2022, 56.85M people, or 22%of the analyzed population were in eight food-crisis countries in East Africa, well above 43.6 million in 9 countries in 2021.

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