The Global Network Against Food Crises sent out a dire warning that the world’s hunger crisis is about to “deteriorate further” this year alone. Chief economist at the World Food Programme (WFP) also says the global hunger crisis is “exploding.”
“The world is exploding with food insecurity” stated Arif Husain of WFP at a Wednesday press briefing. Global economic recovery from the pandemic has been slow and thwarted by many catastrophes.
World food prices have reached record highs from the disrupted harvests and exports from Ukraine due to the Russian invasion. The invasion of Ukraine “is also sparking a wave of protectionism as some exporters curb overseas crop sales to ensure local supplies” reports Bloomberg.
The war will have “severe consequences” on global food security, as millions of Ukrainians are displaced and many import-dependent countries can’t get staple crops or fertilizers from Ukraine and Russia.
Almost 193 million people across 53 countries or territories suffered acute food insecurity in 2021, meaning their lack of meals posed an immediate threat to their lives or livelihoods…That’s up from 155 million in 55 countries for the prior year…
Additional conflicts such as those in Afghanistan and Ethiopia have worsened crises there, and economic shocks from the Covid-19 pandemic curbed food access in almost two dozen nations, the international alliance said in a report. “Extreme weather, like severe drought in Madagascar, is also exacerbating the problem” adds Bloomberg.
“A gauge of world food prices has soared about 75% since mid-2020 — eclipsing levels seen in 2008 and 2011 that contributed to global food crises — piling pressure on governments from Sri Lanka to Peru.”
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Just The News reported on an “extraordinary move” by one Texas judge who is prepared to cancel President Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness payments.
U.S. District Judge Mark T. Pittman, a Trump appointee, says he is ready to decide the merits of Biden’s plan and skip the preliminary injunction and customary trial.
“U.S. District Judge Mark T. Pittman had been holding a hearing on a request from the small business group Job Creators Network’s legal arm on behalf of two plaintiffs to issue a preliminary injunction blocking Biden from enacting the debt relief until the legality of his executive order was decided” Just The News reports.
However, Pittman declared “in a five-sentence, one-page order that the government and plaintiff lawyers had made all the necessary arguments and that a trial would not elicit further evidence so he is ready to move to a judgement on the merits of the case.”
“Having held a hearing on Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction and reviewed the related briefing, the Court intends to consolidate as it appears that the Parties have presented their case and no evidence of significance would be forthcoming at trial,” wrote Pittman.
Pittman said he was prepared to advance the preliminary objection request “to a determination on the merits” and gave the Justice Department and plaintiff lawyers until Friday to file any objections to his plan.
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