The Strategist

UNICEF forecasts 840M hungry people by 2030

07/14/2020 - 07:04

Number of people suffering from hunger is growing every year. Results of 2019 show that their number was 690 million, according to UNICEF’s press release to the annual report “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World”. Over the year, this figure has increased by 10 million, and over the past five years - by 60 million people. If the trend continues, the number of people starving on the planet may exceed 840 million by 2030.

“The global prevalence of malnutrition - or the overall percentage of hungry people - has not changed much - 8.9%, but absolute numbers have been increasing since 2014. This means that over the past five years, hunger has been growing along with the world's population,” the report said.

The largest numbers of undernourished people were recorded in Asia (381 million), Africa (250 million), in Latin America and the Caribbean (48 million). At the same time, 3 billion people worldwide cannot afford healthy nutrition. In countries in Africa and South Asia, this applies to 57% of the population.

At the end of 2020, due to the economic recession caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, between 83 and 132 million people may experience hunger, the report said.

Recall that in April the UN warned of a famine of "biblical proportions" due to the coronavirus. Then it was predicted that, without taking into account the consequences of the pandemic, 135 million people could face a critical level of hunger in 2020. An additional 130 million people will be added to them due to the coronavirus.


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