Number of Arabs suffering from food insecurity tops 49 million

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AMMAN — The Arab region has seen a significant rise in the number of individuals facing severe food insecurity, reaching a staggering 49.6 million people between 2019 and 2021. اضافة اعلان

This marks an increase of 4.6 percent compared to the previous period of 2018–2020, where 47.3 million people were affected. The UN World Food Program, as cited by Al-Ghad, reported that the global figure for individuals suffering from food insecurity stands at 830.2 million.

Sudan has recorded the highest number of people experiencing severe food insecurity, with 7.6 million individuals affected, followed closely by Egypt with 7.3 million. Conversely, the UAE reported the lowest number of people suffering from food insecurity, with less than 0.1 million individuals affected.

However, within the Arab region, 1.7 million Jordanians, accounting for 3.4 percent of the total, faced food insecurity.

Prevalence of food insecurity by percentage
Sudan tops the list with a prevalence rate of 17.4 percent for severe food insecurity between 2019 and 2021.

Due to its classification as a low-income country, it experiences a significant challenge in meeting the dietary energy needs of its population. Tunisia, classified as a lower-middle-income country, follows with a prevalence rate of 12.6 percent. Libya, categorized as an upper-middle-income country, witnessed a prevalence rate of 20.7 percent. In the UAE, a high-income country, the rate reached 0.8 percent.

Meanwhile, Jordan, classified as an upper-middle-income country, experienced a prevalence rate of 17 percent.

Severe food insecurity refers to a situation where individuals run out of food, and in the worst cases, go without food for a day. It also signifies that individuals are unlikely to have sufficient food to meet their dietary energy needs.

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