17.07.2019

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The number of hungry people is still increasing, a new UN report states. It focuses on the role of economic slowdowns and downturns and introduces a new indicator for measuring food insecurity.

The latest edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report was released by the 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) in mid-July 2019. This year's report focuses on the role of economic slowdowns and downturns in food security and nutrition.

The report finds that the number of hungry people is still increasing, with an estimated 820 million not having enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year. Most alarming is the situation in Africa, the region with the highest rates of hunger in the world and that are continuing to slowly but steadily rise in almost all subregions.

Together, Africa and Asia bear the greatest share of all forms of malnutrition, accounting for more than nine out of ten of all stunted children and over nine out of ten of all wasted children worldwide.

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