Extreme hunger soaring in world’s climate hotspots, says Oxfam

(The Guardian, 16 Sep 2022) Charity says 19 million people facing starvation in report highlighting link with extreme weather.

Extreme hunger is closely linked to the climate crisis, with many areas of the world most affected by extreme weather experiencing severe food shortages, research has shown.

The development charity Oxfam examined 10 of the world’s worst climate hotspots, afflicted by drought, floods, severe storms and other extreme weather, and found their rates of extreme hunger had more than doubled in the past six years.

Within the countries studied, 48 million people are currently suffering from acute hunger, up from about 21 million people in 2016. Of these, about 18 million people are on the brink of starvation, according to the Oxfam reportpublished on Thursday.

The 10 countries covered by the report – Somalia, Haiti, Djibouti, Kenya, Niger, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Madagascar, Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe – were those with the highest number of UN appeals driven by extreme weather events.

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The Guardian, 16 Sep 2022: Extreme hunger soaring in world’s climate hotspots, says Oxfam