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UN: Rising hunger posing danger globally

The United Nations (UN) has raised the alarm over the rise in the number of people worldwide suffering from hunger in the past three years, after years of decline. In a report titled ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World,’ the UN stated that 821 million people globally were undernourished in 2017 – about one person in every nine. And nearly 151 million under-fives, representing 22 per cent of the global total – have their growth stunted by poor nutrition

 

The report was compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the World Food Programme, Unicef, the World Health Organisation, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. To this end, authors of the report called for coordinated global and local action to enable countries become more resilient to climaterelated disasters.

 

According to the authors, extreme climate events were partly to blame for the rise in hunger. The report also stated that difficulties accessing nutritious food was contributing to the growing problem of obesity in the world, with one in eight adults – more than 672 million – being classified as obese. The authors further noted the frequency of extreme climate events – floods, heat, storms and droughts – has doubled since the early 1990s.

 

The groups said: “The report sends a clear message that climate variability and exposure to more complex, frequent and intense climate extremes were threatening to erode and even reverse the gains made in ending hunger and malnutrition.”

 

Climate extremes have a direct impact on crop yields and food availability but can also reduce the number of fit and healthy people available to grow and harvest crops and the time and money people have to find nutritious and safe food. Besides, they noted that hunger was significantly worse in countries where agricultural systems were sensitive to variations in rainfall and temperature and where many people depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.

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