According to a recent United Nations report, the world’s levels of hunger and malnutrition will significantly worsen in 2020, with most of the increase attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The number of undernourished people increased to about 768 million – equivalent to 10% of the world’s population and an increase of about 118 million from 2019, according to a report released by United Nations agencies including the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Program and the World Health Organization.
Of the 768 million undernourished, 418 million live in Asia, 282 million in Africa, and 60 million in Latin America and the Caribbean. In Africa, 21% of the population is undernourished, more than double that in any other region.
According to the 2021 edition of “Situation of food security and nutrition in the world“On current trends, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger by 2030 will be missed by more than 660 million people.
That number is 30 million more than if the pandemic had not occurred.
The report recommends that politicians and officials take steps to prevent malnutrition, including incorporating humanitarian, development and peace-building policies in conflict zones, strengthening resilience of those most vulnerable to economic adversity, while addressing poverty and structural inequality.
Food insecurity has been on the rise since the mid-2010s, after declining for several decades, especially in countries affected by conflict, climate extremes, economic downturns, or other crises. serious equality.
However, last year’s increase is comparable to that of the previous five years.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: “In a world of excess, we have no excuse for billions of people lacking access to a healthy diet. Here’s why. I convene the Global Food Systems Summit this September.”
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