More than 140 million in Arab world exposed to food insecurity - IMF's Georgieva

FILE PHOTO: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks during a conference hosted by the Vatican on economic solidarity, at the Vatican, February 5, 2020. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

RIYADH (Reuters) - The managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, said on Monday that 48 countries are exposed to the global food crisis, and half of them are vulnerable.

Georgieva, speaking at a conference in Riyadh, also said that 141 million people across the Arab world are exposed to food insecurity. She said that the IMF will add its voice to fight food trade restrictions in order to ease the situation.

(This story corrects figure in headline and para 2 to 141 million, not 41 million)

(Reporting by Aziz El Yaakoubi; writing by Rachna Uppal; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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