Hunger is "tip of iceberg" and will reach those who do not yet suffer from food insecurity

The current severe levels of hunger are the “tip of the iceberg”, and food insecurity is expected to reach people who were not at risk, says Monika Tothova, economist at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

In an interview with Lusa, the specialist in agricultural and food policies explained that, if the current global food crisis drags on, many families will lose purchasing power and will need to eat less nutritious meals or even reduce the number of daily meals.

“Famine levels and emergency levels are the tip of the iceberg and significant deterioration is likely as many citizens have already exhausted whatever resilience they had,” Tothova said.

“Even people who are not yet at emergency food insecurity levels are likely to be affected, as their purchasing power will decrease, they will need to consume less nutritious foods or skip meals, withdraw children from school”, among other consequences, he evaluated.

These combined possibilities will have an impact on the health and well-being of these families, including an increase in the prevalence of malnutrition, as well as the loss and stunting of children, highlighted Monika Tothova.

Among the most affected countries, the economist mentioned Yemen, where around 17.4 million people now need food assistance.

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