One in ten people on Earth is malnourished. That is the highest number since 2009 and the third consecutive year of an increase. About 768 million people – more than the population of Europe – suffered from hunger last year, an increase of 118 million (9.9%) since the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic.
The five UN organizations FAO, IFAD, Unicef, WFP and WHO in their joint World Food Report call the increase "a rebuke to the global promise to end hunger by 2030". David Beasley, director of the World Food Program, said "the road to zero hunger is blocked by conflict, climate and Covid-19."
Thirty percent of the world's population, 2.3 billion people, had no access to adequate food year-round, an increase of nearly 4 points in one year.
The report warns that without major changes it will be impossible to achieve the goal of ending hunger by 2030. That is one of the main goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agreed by the international community.
Although commodity prices fell in early 2020, food prices quickly rose amid major shortages. The FAO's food price index was 34 percent higher last month than in June 2020. Much of the increase in hunger was "probably due to the fallout from Covid-19, although the full impact of the pandemic has yet to be mapped out." brought.”
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recalled that despite food production increasing by 300% since the mid-1960s, malnutrition remains a major problem.
The UN chief, who convened an international summit on food in September, said that in a world with such an abundance of food, it cannot exist that there are "billions of people without access to their daily bread".