Global Hunger Figures Rose to 828 million in 2021


Global Hunger Figures Rose to 828 million in 2021

Disparities in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery, together with the limited coverage and duration of social protection measures and other emergencies, threaten progress toward SDG 2: End hunger and all forms of malnutrition, in addition to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, involving two of the world’s largest producers of basic cereals, gas, and fertilizers, is disrupting supply chains and further affecting the prices of grains, fertilizers, and energy have contributed to the hunger in the world, which increased to 828 million in 2021 after a sharp rebound in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Severe food insecurity became more frequent, as 11.7% of the world’s population faces severe food insecurity. The number of people who cannot afford a healthy diet worldwide also increased by 112 million to almost 3.1 billion, providing additional evidence that more people could not access safe, nutritious, and sufficient food.

The global burden of malnutrition on countries’ income groups

Low- and lower-middle-income economies bear the most significant burden of stunting due to low birth weight and cases of anemia, while upper-middle- and upper-income economies have the highest duty of cases of obesity. It is estimated that between 702 and 828 million people will be affected by hunger in 2021. The estimate is presented as a range to reflect the added uncertainty in data collection due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. The increases are measured in the middle of the projected field (UN).

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