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Russia-Ukraine conflict could lead to extreme poverty

Afghans receive food aid rations in Kabul on April 30. Photo: AP.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the warning during the release of the second report of the Global Food, Energy and Financial Crisis Response in the United Nations. Ukraine conflict.

According to this report, the impact of the conflict on Food Security, energy and finance is happening at a rapid and serious pace. In particular, food prices are at a record high, while the doubling of fertilizer prices is having a heavy impact on food production. Meanwhile, constantly rising energy prices have caused power outages and fuel shortages in all parts of the world, especially in Africa.

The United Nations report estimates that 94 countries, where 1.6 billion people live, are severely affected by at least one aspect of the crisis and are unable to cope.

Extreme poverty in the Middle East and North Africa could increase to 2.8 million people by 2022, while 500 million people in Southeast Asia are at risk.

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