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Food Crisis and Related Risk Factors

Risk of famine remains high in Gaza

Jun 29th, 2024 • by Rob Vos, Sara Gustafson, Sediqa Zaki, and Brendan Rice

Despite some improvements during April and May, the Gaza Strip continues to face catastrophic food insecurity with a high risk of famine, according to the latest assessment of the Famine Review Committee of the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC), released on June 25.

The IPC reports that 96% of Gaza’s population of 2.2 million people face high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 4) through September, while 22%, over 495,000 people, face catastrophic levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 5).

Experts: What is causing food prices to spike around the world?

Jun 20th, 2024 • by GIULIANA VIGLIONE

Spiking food prices have made headlines around the world this year, from eggs in the US to vegetables in India.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Food Price Index has been slowly increasing over the past six months following declines over much of 2023.

For example, the price of orange juice concentrate in the US was 42% higher in April than it was a year ago, while the price of fresh orange juice in the UK has risen 25% over the last year.

In Greece, the price of olive oil rose by nearly 30% over 2023 and by more than 63% in April of this year. 

Trade policy and food price volatility: Beggar thy neighbor or beggar thyself?

Jun 10th, 2024 • by Will Martin; Abdullah Mamun; Nicholas Minot and Rob Vos

Recent shocks from the COVID-19 pandemic to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war have disrupted global food and fertilizer supply chains—causing price spikes and increased price volatility—a disastrous combination for many vulnerable consumers around the world.

Famine in Gaza: How Research Can Aid Recovery and Prevent Future Food Crises

May 18th, 2024 • by Sara Gustafson

As Gaza continues to experience unprecedented food crisis, a new commentary published in Nature takes a look at how research can forecast the long-term impacts and help policymakers develop more effective humanitarian support networks and systems to ensure post-conflict resilience.