The average prevalence of food insecurity in 2021 is estimated to be almost 7 percentage points higher than in 2020

A clustered bar chart comparing 2020 and 2021 shares of food insecurity by IFSA region and for the IFSA total, with all areas showing greater food insecurity in 2021, particularly North Africa where the share grew by 10 percentage points.

Food insecurity around the world can be intensified further by negative shocks to income, prices, or the food supply like those sparked by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This article analyzes food security conditions in 76 low- and middle-income countries. It found that income levels that remain below 2019 levels and fluctuating food prices continued to negatively impact food insecurity in 2021 for all 76 countries.

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