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Food crises to worsen with war, climate shocks

Tens of millions of people in 20 hunger "hotspots" will need emergency aid as they face a sharply increased risk of starvation, two U.N. agencies predicted.

A refugee in Idlib, Syria
A refugee in Idlib, Syria (AN/Ahmed Akacha)

UNITED NATIONS (AN) — On the same day that two U.N. agencies predicted a huge spike in global hunger "hotspots," Russia's ambassador to the United Nations stormed out of a Security Council meeting when European Council President Charles Michel said Russia uses food supplies as “a stealth missile against developing countries."

Michel's accusation on Monday that the Kremlin is entirely to blame for the looming global food crisis centers on the global upheaval and supply chain disruptions brought on by Russia's war in Ukraine.

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