Overall, 84% of respondents had some level of concern regarding the accessibility of food for themselves and their families over the next six months, with 41% of respondents expressing a high level of concern.
Concern was most acute in the African countries surveyed: 72% of respondents in Kenya, 71% in Nigeria and 57% in South Africa said they were ‘very concerned’ about the availability and affordability of food for their families over the next six months.
Respondents in four G7 countries – Canada, France, Japan, and the US – also ranked the supply and price of food as the issue they were most concerned about. In the United States, 41% of respondents reported they were ‘very concerned’ about food availability and affordability.
“This survey should serve as a wakeup call to our leaders that people across the globe are extremely concerned about the supply and price of food,” said Chilufya Chileshe, of the Hungry for Action campaign. “Leaders need to act together now to ensure people can afford and access nutritious food, and to transform our broken food system.”
The survey also asked respondents their views on what had caused the global food crisis. Climate change was the top reason cited, followed by conflict and weak leadership. In Kenya, which recently hosted the Africa Climate Summit, 83% of respondents identified climate change as a major factor in the global food crisis.
The survey is published ahead of critical opportunities to tackle the global food crisis, including the UK-hosted global food security summit on 20 November, the COP28 climate talks in the United Arab Emirates, which start at the end of November, next year’s Italian-led G7 and Brazilian-led G20 meetings and the African Union Summit.