More than 820 mln suffer worldwide

More than 820 mln suffer worldwide

In Latin America and the Caribbean, fewer than 7 percent of people are affected.

According to the 2019 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) launched earlier today at the forum by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, adult obesity in SIDS is nearly 60 percent higher than the global average (20.9 percent versus 13.2 percent), and in many Polynesian and Micronesian small island nations, nearly one in two adults is obese.

"The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World" report was produced by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other United Nations agencies, including the World Health Organization.

To achieve self-sufficiency and ultimately food security in Africa, Sijbesma says richer donor countries need to show they are serious about helping to eradicate malnutrition and hunger by investing in agriculture and local food manufacturing instead so that African countries can become self-sufficient.

The report said that globally, hunger is increasing in many countries where economic growth is lagging, particularly in middle-income countries and those that rely heavily on worldwide primary commodity trade.

The number of undernourished people around the world has come down from 947 million (14.5 per cent of the global population) in 2005 to 821.6 million (10.8 per cent) past year.

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The prevalence of hunger or undernourishment is also higher in SIDS than globally (17.5 percent compared to 10.7 percent), according to the latest SOFI report. Ironically, the report also notes that obesity and excess weight gain are on the rise in all regions of the world, with schoolage children and adults worst affected. "And this trend takes more time and is more complex (to resolve) than hunger".

'If we just focus on hunger, we're going to be missing a lot of the growing problems we're seeing'.

'We were anticipating big hunger in Asia.

One of the challenges is that population growth will be greatest in sub-saharan Africa and Asia, and there won't be enough money or food for everyone there. "This resulted in increased threats to food security due to lower purchasing power", it added. This study provides an updated estimate of the number of people suffering from hunger around the world as well as the rates of child stunting and wasting and adult and child obesity.

Mr Beasley warned that extremist groups were using hunger and control over food supplies as a weapon to divide communities or recruit new members. The report points out that economic and social policies to counteract the effects of adverse economic cycles, while avoiding cuts in essential services such as healthcare and education have not been successful.

Robin Willoughby, head of food and climate policy at Oxfam GB, said women are hit hardest by the rise in hunger. "We must foster pro-poor and inclusive structural transformation focusing on people and placing communities at the centre to reduce economic vulnerabilities and set ourselves on track to ending hunger, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition", the United Nations report said.