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The Global 3 Fs Crisis and South Asia

The impact on women and children

In South Asia, an estimated additional 100 million persons have fallen into food insecurity and poverty since 2007, as fallout of the 2008 food price crisis and the global economic recession. Even before the food, fuel and financial crises (3Fs), roughly 300 million people - more than 1 in 5 of South Asia’s population – were exposed to hunger and malnutrition. By Gabriele Köhler

 

The combined effect of chronically high levels of income inequality, rapid urbanization, persistent and pervasive social polarization, a lack of government attention to agriculture and rural development, and the mounting effects of climate change, exacerbated by increasing food prices and rising loss of livelihoods has meant that the number of people subsisting in poverty in South Asia currently amounts to over 400 million people ...

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