Blockade of Ukraine's Black Sea ports has stopped grain shipments from the world's fourth-largest exporter of wheat and corn, raising the spectre of shortages and hunger in low-income countries.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud uses his inauguration ceremony to seek international aid as famine approaches the drought-hit East African country.
Food prices have risen sharply following Russia's assault on Ukraine, says economist Marcelo Neri, even though the Latin American country is one of the world's top agricultural goods producers.
Economic collapse, rising food prices and drought have forced some 20 million Afghans to go hungry, Save the Children says.
Government officials, as well as company and factory workers, were "actively joining the fight in drought-prone regions," according to Rodong Sinmun newspaper.
These don't just include natural disasters amplified by climate change; other major factors include Covid-19, economic meltdowns and food shortages, a UN report said.
An extreme months-long drought has left the Horn of Africa on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe, forcing huge numbers of people to leave their homes in search of food.
The Month of Mercy and Giving is a month of both activism and devotion.
Some Afghans are already forced to sell their children and body parts to survive, UN chief Antonio Guterres says, as foreign donors pledge only $2.44 billion falling short of target to provide emergency relief.
Destroying crops, killing livestock, Eastern Africa’s worst drought season in decades has led to famine and the mass displacement of people across Somalia.
Russia’s attack on Ukraine could lead to a major food crisis by disrupting current supply chains and further advancing Moscow and China’s influence in global markets.
International bodies have withheld funds and disrupted aid since the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, with United States alone seizing nearly $9.5 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank, and millions are left to suffer the costs.
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