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820 million people still suffering hunger


Every year the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations publishes a detailed report about the State of Food Insecurity and Nutrition in the World.
The major finding in last year’s report is, that for the first time in decades, the number of hungry people is not in decline anymore. 820 million people do not have enough to eat.

The indicators used in the report are the prevalence of undernourishment and the prevalence of moderate or severe food insecurity.
As regards this second indicator, it appears that 26.4% or more than a quarter of the world’s population are estimated to have experiences either moderate or severe food insecurity:

  • 17.2% of people have experienced moderate food insecurity, which means that they have reduced the quality and/or quantity of food they eat, and they are uncertain they will be able to obtain food.
  • 9.2% of people have experienced severe food insecurity, which means that they have run out of food and at worst, gone days without eating.

Another insight of the report is that ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030, while theoretically still achievable, will only be reached with real political commitment, bolder actions and the right investments.

The report also shows that between 2011 and 2017 the rise of hunger has coincided with an economic slowdown in 65 out of 77 countries and it could be established that economic struggles are important secondary and tertiary drivers that prolong and worsen the severity of food crises. To struggle this the FAOs report suggests short- and long-term action to safeguard food security through economic and social policies.

To read the full report, click here.

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