Around 660 m may face hunger in 2030 - FAO | Sunday Observer

Around 660 m may face hunger in 2030 - FAO

1 August, 2021

The world is in a very different place to what it was six years ago when it committed to the goal of ending hunger, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition by 2030.

At the time, we were optimistic that with transformative approaches, past progress could be accelerated, at scale, to put us on track to achieve that goal. Yet, the past four editions of ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI)’ revealed a humbling reality.

The world has not been generally progressing either towards ensuring access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food for all people all year round (SDG Target 2.1), or to eradicating all forms of malnutrition (SDG Target 2.2). Conflict, climate variability and extremes, and economic slowdowns and downturns are the major drivers slowing down progress, particularly where inequality is high. The COVID-19 pandemic made the pathway towards SDG2 even steeper.

So, if the world is at a critical juncture, where do we stand now? And what can be done to help us build forward better and put us on track to achieving Zero Hunger? In 2020, between 720 and 811 million people faced hunger.

The number of people in the world affected by hunger increased in 2020 under the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic. After remaining virtually unchanged from 2014 to 2019, the prevalence of undernourishment (PoU) climbed to around 9.9 percent in 2020, from 8.4 percent a year earlier. - FAO