Taking the animals to the field, Dahra, Senegal 2018. Africa has the highest rates of hunger in the world, steadily rising in almost all subregions.
Photo: ©Benedicte Kurzen/NOOR for FAO


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The world is facing the third year of increasing hunger in a row, a new UN report states. More than 820 million people are hungry globally, the SDG 2 nutrition targets are getting further out of reach.

One in nine people are hungry, according to a UN report published in mid-July 2019. An estimated 820 million people did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year, which is the third year of increase in a row.

The annual report The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World is released jointly by United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Economic downturn is undermining efforts to end hunger

Previous editions of this report show how conflict and climate variability and extremes are exacerbating the above trends. This year, the report shows that the uneven pace of economic recovery and continuing poor economic performance in many countries after the 2008–2009 global economic downturn are also undermining efforts to end hunger and malnutrition.

Hunger is increasing in many countries where economic growth is lagging, particularly in middle-income countries and those that rely heavily on international primary commodity trade.

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