According to a new United Nations report, nearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic intensifying already worsening trends this year.
The report has been co-authored by five United Nations agencies namely, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The report highlights the reason behind augmentation in hunger rate which includes economic slowdowns and climate-related shocks, along with nutritious foods remaining too expensive for many. The affordability issue with nutritious food contributes towards undernourishment, and also to growing rates of obesity in adults and children.
The report states, “A key reason why millions of people around the world suffer from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, is because they cannot afford the cost of healthy diets.”
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World annual report said, “After decades of long decline, the number of people suffering from hunger has been slowly increasing since 2014.”
The UN report states that nearly 690 million people, or 8.9 percent of people around the globe, are hungry. The UN report further estimates that by 2030, over 890 million people could be affected by hunger, or 9.8 percent of the world’s population.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit hard in nations with widespread poverty, could cause another 83 to 132 million people to become undernourished this year, the report said.