Mitigating the Impacts of the Ukraine Crisis on Global Malnutrition

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As the devastation in Ukraine continues to unfold, many of the warnings about the global food crisis precipitated by the war have focused on the risks of famine and severe food insecurity. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, for instance, projected that between 8 million and 13 million more people could become undernourished in 2022–23 — meaning that they will be unable to acquire enough food to meet the daily minimum energy requirements over one year. There are already more than 800 million undernourished people globally.

ST4N supports the global nutrition community in advocating for concrete actions to protect and nourish millions of mothers and children across low- and middle-income contexts who face extraordinary challenges due to the current crisis in Ukraine and two years of reduced access to critical nutrition services and nutrient rich diets.

Impact of the Ukraine Crisis on Global Malnutrition: A Joint Statement in Nature from ST4N and Global Nutrition Leaders

ST4N experts along with partners published a joint statement in the science journal Nature on the impact of the war in Ukraine on global malnutrition. This Call to Action highlights the potential ways the nutritional status and health of women and children are affected from the unprecedented global rise in food, fuel, and fertilizer prices.

The statement also urges international leaders, donors, and national governments to take action and scale up critical nutrition investments and actions to prevent even greater harm to a generation of children already weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate events, and other conflicts.

Act now before Ukraine war plunges millions into malnutrition

Photo @ World Bank/Simone D. McCourtie

Press Release on the Double Impacts of COVID-19 and the Ukraine Crisis

G7 Policy Brief on the Impact of the Ukraine Crisis on Malnutrition

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