The humanitarian aid organization Trocaire has called on the government to increase foreign aid in the upcoming budget.
These figures show that the number of people suffering from severe hunger worldwide has almost tripled since 2019.
According to the United Nations, nearly a billion people do not have enough to eat, with 22 million people in the Horn of Africa at risk of starvation due to the worst food crisis to hit the region in a decade.
Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra said today: “The reality of people dying of hunger in 2022 represents a profound political failure.
“Ireland’s foreign aid has not recovered from budget cuts after 2008 and has remained at 0.32 per cent of GNI over the past eight years. As countries confront the devastating effects of climate change, conflict and Covid, we call on Ireland to play its part and increase support for our international commitment of 0.7 per cent GNI.”
“It is alarming that in the last two years the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide has increased dramatically from 135 million to over 345 million.
“The conflict in Ukraine is exacerbating already devastating food crises around the world as commodity and energy prices soar.”
She said the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, underpinned by the region’s worst drought in at least 70 years due to the global climate crisis, is particularly devastating.
“It is estimated that the number of people going hungry in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia will rise from 22 million in May to almost 30 million by the end of this year. Around 7.7 million people are currently affected by a severe food crisis in South Sudan.”
She said in the Gedo region of Somalia, where Trócaire heads health services, Trócaire staff report a rapid increase in the number of people suffering from malnutrition and say the country is on the brink of a major crisis.
Although Somalia contributes only 0.08 percent of global emissions, it is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world.
Ms de Barra said that alongside the need to respond to the hunger crisis, there is also an urgent need for investment to address the root causes of hunger, including adapting to the effects of climate change, building sustainable food systems and promoting human rights and gender equality genders.
See www.trocaire.org for information.
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