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UN: Global Hunger Continues to Rise

September 19, 2018

The number of hungry people is growing globally, reaching 821 million in 2017 or one in every nine people, according to the United Nation's report on The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018.

This is the third year that UN reported about the continuous increase of hunger worldwide, with current levels equivalent to records a decade ago. The report also emphasized that there was a slow progress in addressing the multiple forms of malnutrition, which includes child stunting and adult obesity, making the health of hundreds of millions of people at risk. These findings translate into a clear warning that more efforts must be done rapidly to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.

Climate variability, which has an impact on rainfall patterns and agricultural seasons, and extreme climate conditions such as drought and floods were reported to be the main drivers of the increase in hunger, together with conflict and economic slowdowns.

Read the news release for more information or download the complete report from FAO.