UN agencies report that spike in global hunger and malnutrition in 2020 was mostly due to COVID-19
via The Cattle Site - 19 July 2021
World hunger and malnutrition levels worsened dramatically last year, with most of the increase likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a multi-agency United Nations (UN) report.
Reuters reports that after remaining virtually unchanged for five years, the number of undernourished people rose to around 768 million last year - equivalent to 10% of the world’s population and an increase of around 118 million versus 2019, the report said.
Authored by UN agencies including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), the report is the first comprehensive assessment of food insecurity and nutrition since the pandemic emerged.
“Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to expose weaknesses in our food systems, which threaten lives and livelihoods. No region of the world has been spared,” the agencies said in a joint statement.
The 2021 edition of “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” estimated that on current trends, the UN sustainable development goal of zero hunger by 2030 will be missed by a margin of nearly 660 million people...