UN report calls for urgent response to growing number of hungry people globally

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15/09/2018
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According to a new UN report there is a growing number of hungry people across the world, particularly in South America and most regions of Africa. It is calling for something to be urgently done if the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger is to be achieved by 2030.

JOSÉ GRAZIANO DE SILVA
Director-General, FAO
“Now we achieved 821 million that are considered undernourished in 2017.”

It means five million more than in 2016. 

The report has also detected limited progress in addressing malnutrition, ranging from child stunting to adult obesity, putting the health of hundreds of millions of people at risk.

According to the UN report, the key drivers behind this increase in hunger is a combination of climate change and economic slowdown. 

DAVID BEASLEY
Executive Director, WFP
“Every five second a child is dying from starvation, when there are 300 trillion dollar worth of wealth in the world today, that is unacceptable and inexcusable.” “22-23 million of people alone are impacted and forcibly displaced because of the changing climate.”

The report was launched by five UN agencies that specialize in issues regarding food, health and child well being.  

They have called for better access to nutritious foods and the need for policies to pay attention to the most vulnerable. They have also asked to fight against climate change. 

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