There is a dramatic worsening of world hunger in 2021, a new report from the United Nation says. According to the report, much of the global hunger is likely related to the fallout of the pandemic. The report estimates around a 10th of the global population, about 811 million people, are undernourished in 2021. FAO Chief Economist, Maximo Torero has stated that around 282 million people are more undernourished in Africa.
He said: “in terms of the figures, this year 2021 we find that 720 to 811 million people around the world faced hunger from economic downturns. This number is approximately 118 million more people that were facing hunger in 2020 with respect to 2019. What this means is that 418 million people are undernourished in Asia and around 282 million people are malnourished in Africa. And in Latin America we also seen an increase to what 9.1 per cent of the population being undernourished today”.
This number suggests that it will take a tremendous effort for the world to honor its pledge to end hunger by 2030.
Torero said “this year’s report makes an important call that we need to really act and transform the agri-food systems. We are facing a huge challenge of an increase of undernourishment of 118 million people. We have 3 billion people that don’t have access to healthy diets. We have significant increase in stunting, malnutrition and obesity. If we don’t change the way we are operating in the agri-food systems we won’t be able to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), and the targets of 2030”, the FAO chief economist added. All Africa