I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

Happening right now is a food crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean. A United Nations report says 60-million people are suffering from hunger. That’s the worst it’s been in more than 20 years. In just the last year alone, there’s been a 30-percent increase in malnutrition as lockdowns, travel restrictions, and the economic fallout from the pandemic hit the most vulnerable, the hardest. Experts say the region is mirroring the malnutrition, worsened by the pandemic, happening across the world.

Hurricane season was one of the costliest on record. This year is in the top three for having the most storms. Damages from four of the storms topped more than a billion dollars each. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say Hurricane Ida cost more than sixty billion dollars.

What’s the most expensive city to live in? According to the Worldwide Cost of Living Index, it’s Tel Aviv. The Israeli city led the list, which compares prices in US dollars across 173-cities. Researchers say it rose in the rankings because Israeli currency has soared against the dollar. Paris, last year’s joint leader along with Zurich and Hong Kong, came second. Syria’s capital, Damascus, was the cheapest on the list. New York came in sixth and Los Angeles, ninth.

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