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Between 2019 and 2021, the number of hungry people increased by 30% in Latin America and the Caribbean due to the increase in the cost of basic products and the increase in extreme poverty, according to a report released by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program on Tuesday (12.06) .2022).

“The number of people suffering from hunger in the region increased by 13.2 million, to reach 56.5 million,” says the report, prepared in Response to the Global Food Crisis and presented by the three UN agencies in Santiago, Chile.

Meanwhile, food insecurity in 2021 will affect 40.6% of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean. A total of 267.7 million people affected; 62.5 million more than in 2019.

According to the report, “high food inflation and extreme poverty are among the factors that increase food insecurity and hunger.”

Similarly, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean estimates that the prevalence of extreme poverty in the region will rise by 0.2 percentage points in 2022 and could reach 81.8 million people.

The report also notes that various international crises that have occurred in the past 15 years, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have impaired the region’s access to food and key inputs, such as fertilizer for regional agriculture.

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