Santo Domingo.- The director of the World Food Program for Latin America and the Caribbean (WFP), Lola Castro, stated this Wednesday that war and conflicts are the greatest causes of hunger in the world, moments in which the war between Russia and Ukraine is now aggravating food insecurity.
“War and conflicts are the greatest cause of hunger in the world, if we ended wars and conflicts in the world, we would end almost 90% of hunger,” Castro assured during the Weekly Lunch of the Corripio Communications Group.
He indicated that with the eradication of conflicts between nations, hunger would be significantly reduced, making it possible to work in a dynamic and joint manner to prevent its increase, focusing on the execution of activities that prevent future hunger.
Castro specified that, as a result of the pandemic, the climate crisis and the recent war between Russia and Ukraine, hunger has skyrocketed worldwide, throwing some 9 million people into extreme food insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean alone.
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He explained that food inflation was exacerbated by covid-19 but that it had already been happening due to the rise in freight and costs to mobilize food products around the world, adding to this crisis the recent conflicts between Russia-Ukraine , largest producers of food consumed by the world.
The WFP regional director added that, given recent events, the acquisition of fertilizers is an alarming situation, especially for small producers in the region, who will be forced to find substitutes or switch to organic fertilizers to continue supplying the markets. in their respective countries and with it, continue supporting their homes.
“All countries are going to have to find substitutes or switch to organic fertilizers since the cost of fertilizers has doubled and there is a shortage.”
During the meeting, Gabriela Alvarado, WFP representative in the Dominican Republic and Ángel Camacho, Alianzas official, also participated.