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Global Health
May 17, 2022

Ukraine War Could Push an Additional 47 Million Into Acute Hunger

JAMA. 2022;327(19):1859. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.7733

Food and fuel supply disruptions due to the war in Ukraine could put as many as 47 million more people worldwide at risk of malnutrition and starvation, according to an analysis by the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP). This translates into 323 million acutely food insecure people in 81 countries this year.

Ukraine and Russia are major exporters of wheat and maize. Russia is also a major gas and oil producer. Shortfalls due to the war have and are likely to continue raising prices for these commodities.

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