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Report Highlights Alarming Increase of Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean

December 1, 2021

In 2020, hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean reached its highest point in the last 15 years. This is according to the Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2021 released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Fund for Agricultural Development, and other partners.

The prevalence of hunger in the region stands at 9.1%, an increase of 2% from 2019. The number of people living with hunger reached a total of 59.7 million. These data indicate a critical situation in the region in terms of food security.

"Although the pandemic has exacerbated the situation, hunger has been on the rise since 2014. We must fix deep vulnerabilities in our food systems, make them more inclusive and sustainable and ensure they deliver wellbeing for the people that feed our societies," said Rossana Polastri, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of IFAD.

The report calls for urgent actions to stop the continuing rise of hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition through transformation in the agri-food systems.

Download the report from the FAO website.

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