TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises: UN

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Rome   /   Tue, July 14, 2020   /   01:22 am
World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises: UN A vendor wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus prepares food from his cart parked along a railway track in Bangkok on May 14, 2020. (AFP/Romeo GACAD )

Nearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating already worsening trends this year, according to a United Nations report published Monday.

Economic slowdowns and climate-related shocks are pushing more people into hunger, while nutritious foods remain too expensive for many, contributing not only to undernourishment, but to growing rates of obesity in adults and children.

"After decades of long decline, the number of people suffering from hunger has been slowly increasing since 2014," read The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World annual report.

Beyond ensuring enough food, food must be nutritious, the study underlined, citing costly "health and environmental consequences" of sub-par diets. 

Nearly 690 million people, or 8.9 percent of people around the globe, are hungry, the UN found. 

That number rose by 10 million people in just one year to 2019, and by 60 million in the past five years, found the study, which said eradicating hunger by 2030 - a goal set five years ago - will be impossible if trends continue.

By 2030, over 890 million people could be affected by hunger, or 9.8 percent of the world's population, it estimated. 

Five United Nations agencies co-authored the report: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Program (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Last year, the report estimated over 820 million hungry, but estimates were recalculated following revised data from China for prior years.