The United Nations warned on Monday that just five years after its member nations committed to ending hunger, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition, it is still “off track to achieve this objective by 2030.”
The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) on Monday released its annual report titled, “State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World,” which said “tens of millions have joined the ranks of the chronically undernourished over the past five years, and countries around the world continue to struggle with multiple forms of malnutrition.”
The report estimates that almost 690 million people went hungry in 2019 – up by 10 million from 2018, and by nearly 60 million in five years.
The report forecasts that the Covid-19 pandemic could tip more than 130 million more people into chronic hunger by the end of 2020.
“Flare-ups of acute hunger in the pandemic context may see this number escalate further at times,” the FAO said.
“While it is too soon to assess the full impact of the lockdowns and other containment measures, the report estimates that at a minimum, another 83 million people, and possibly as many as 132 million, may go hungry in 2020 as a result of the economic recession triggered by Covid-19. The setback throws into further doubt the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (Zero Hunger),” the report said.