Two months after Russia invaded Ukraine, the conflict there is still dominating headlines amid frantic efforts to get aid into war-ravaged areas. But there also are alarming levels of need in other parts of the world that get far less attention – and the crisis in Ukraine is making them worse.

Tufts University food security expert Daniel Maxwell spotlights multiple factors that he warns could create or worsen famine in poor countries, particularly in Africa and Asia. They include reduced grain exports from Ukraine and Russia, high energy prices and a global relief community that’s overstretched and underfunded. “The people of Ukraine deserve all of the attention and help that they are receiving,” Maxwell writes. “But I believe the global community must not lose sight of humanitarian suffering in the rest of the world.”

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