Climate Change Continues to Fuel World Hunger

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The number of hungry people worldwide increased to 821 million, one in nine, in 2017, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018, a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (U.N.). The report also says limited progress is being made in addressing the effects of malnutrition, from stunted growth in children and adult obesity, and the health of hundreds of millions of people is at risk.

In the previous three years, global hunger has returned to a level from decade ago, threatening the achievement of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.

According to the report, climate change — variability that affects rainfall and growing seasons (especially for wheat, rice, and corn) and extremes like droughts and floods — as well as conflicts and economic slowdowns are behind the rise in hunger. Hunger is a growing problem in South America and most parts of Africa, and recent improvements in Asia are beginning to slow.

Sourced from: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations