Pandemic Brings Highest Global Hunger Rate in 12 Years
By Chuck Abbott
Nearly one of every 10 people on earth is undernourished, a huge increase in global hunger in a world wracked by the pandemic, said the United Nations on Monday. In an annual report on world nutrition, the UN said around 768 million people — more than population of Europe — were hungry in 2020, an increase of 118 million people since the arrival of the coronavirus.
The hunger rate of 9.9% was the highest since 2009, and was the third consecutive annual increase, a rebuke to global pledges six years ago to end hunger by 2030. Without bold action, the goal will be out of reach, said the report, The State of Food Security and Nutrition 2021, also known as SOFI.
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