Using data available by 10 September 2021, this update highlights the highest number of people in Crisis or worse (IPC/CH Phase 3 or above) or equivalent in 2021.
In many countries, the numbers were already higher than in 2020 and acute food insecurity continued to be primarily driven by high levels of conflict/insecurity in conjunction with economic shocks, including COVID-19-related effects, as well as weather extremes and natural disasters or a combination of these drivers.
- By September 2021, around 161 million people were in Crisis or worse (IPC/CH Phase 3 or above) or equivalent in 42 out of 55 countries/territories included in the GRFC 2021 – already surpassing the figure of 155 million in 2020.
- By September 2021, around 584 000 people were in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) in four countries. 401 000 in Ethiopia's Tigray region in July–September 2021* 28 000 in southern Madagascar in October–December 2021* 108 000 in South Sudan in April–July 2021 47 000 in Yemen in January–June 2021
- By September 2021, around 111 million people were in Crisis or worse (IPC/CH Phase 3 or above) in nine out of the 10 largest food crises of 2020
- By September 2021, 227 million people were in Stressed (IPC/CH Phase 2) or equivalent in 40 out of 55 countries/territories included in the GRFC 2021.