Posted on 15 March 2023
The 5th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) held in Doha last week revealed the severe hunger and poverty crisis developing countries face.
The issue can be attributed to the high rates of global debt currently being experienced, and a March 2023 iPES FOOD report writes that “the world is on the brink of a debt crisis” and “rapidly rising rates of hunger and poverty could soon become a tidal wave.” The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has exasperated the crisis, with the nation and Russia together producing around 30% of the world’s wheat.
In these least developed countries, it is estimated that 22.1% of people are undernourished. Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, discussed at the panel event that “It is so important to support the least developed countries in agricultural and rural development so that they could ensure their own food security.”