Achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 in doubt, UN report warns

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published Published on Jul 13, 2020   modified Modified on Jul 15, 2020

-Down to Earth

Between 83 million and 132 million people could go hungry in 2020 due to COVID-19, according to the report

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of ‘Zero Hunger’ that it had mandated by 2030, will be very difficult, a United Nations report released on July 13, 2020, has warned.

Six hundred and ninety million people went hungry in 2019 — up by 10 million from 2018, and by nearly 60 million in five years, the latest edition of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, has said.

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and the recession triggered by it will cause another 83 million people and possibly as many as 132 million, to go hungry in 2020.

The global prevalence of undernourishment — or overall percentage of hungry people — had changed little at 8.9 per cent, but the absolute numbers have been rising since 2014, the report said.

In other words, hunger has grown in step with the global population over the last five years, it added.

The greatest number of undernourished people were in Asia (381 million). Africa came second (250 million), followed by Latin America and the Caribbean (48 million).

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