It’s difficult to overstate how severe the global humanitarian crisis is today. For the first time in a decade, the number of hungry people is steadily on the rise, affecting 11 percent of the world’s population. An unprecedented four famines loom in Africa and the Middle East.
The overwhelming driver of this resurgence in food insecurity: war. Ten of the World Food Programme’s 13 largest emergencies are driven by conflict.
These emergencies do not respect borders. The U.S. must continue to lead the global response to these global crises, asserting its longstanding moral leadership, while also promoting global stability.
– Rick Leach, President and CEO, World Food Program USA