The U.S. may be entering its third year of a global food and agricultural disaster, as millions of people are still unable to access adequate food supplies.
A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations shows that the number of children, pregnant women and elderly people who are at risk of starvation is on the rise and growing in many countries.
The report, released Wednesday, also shows that more than 1 million people have died of hunger in 2015, and there are more than 2.5 million people who were chronically hungry or undernourished.
The rise in hunger, combined with the ongoing global pandemic, is expected to result in at least one million additional deaths, according to the report.
The United Nations predicts the death toll could rise to at least 10 million by the end of the year.
More than 3 million people are on the U.N. food-aid list, which has been cut in half in the past five years.
The number of people on the list has doubled from 4 million in 2014 to 7.7 million in 2015.
The U.n. food agency has said that hunger is the main driver behind the current crisis.
More than 20 percent of children under five in the United States are undernurtured.
The world’s most populous nation has long been a center for humanitarian aid.
The United States has been the most generous donor in the world, but the humanitarian situation has been deteriorating in recent years as food shortages in the U,S., Europe and elsewhere have left millions without access to food or medicine.
The new report says that the food-supply shortfall is largely the result of rising food prices and growing pressure on food markets, with the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany all having seen prices skyrocket over the past year.
In addition to the food shortages, the United Nation’s World Food Program said in January that the world has surpassed its “food insecurity threshold” for the first time in nearly a century.
The UN has warned that it is working to restore food supplies in countries that have experienced acute food shortages and has urged governments to work with food producers to address the crisis.
But many food producers and food-stamp recipients are reluctant to take on this new responsibility because they fear that the crisis could have serious ramifications for the economy and food security.
The food shortages are also putting pressure on governments and businesses, including banks and the retail sector, to increase their food spending.
The World Food program said that while the situation in the developing world was improving, the crisis has put strain on economies and communities that rely on food aid.