FAO: Food insecurity and high prices exacerbate “hunger” in the world

FAO: Food insecurity and high prices exacerbate “hunger” in the world
FAO: Food insecurity and high prices exacerbate “hunger” in the world
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has warned that an increasing number of people in Asia cannot get enough food in light of the rise in food insecurity, with high prices and exacerbating poverty rates.

In a report issued by the organization today, Tuesday, the FAO said that about half a billion people, 80% of them in South Asia, suffered from malnutrition in 2021, and more than one million people faced moderate to severe food insecurity. As for the world, the level of food insecurity increased to more than 29% in 2021, after it was 21% in 2014.

The report stated that the Corona epidemic was a major setback and the cause of massive job losses and unrest, and the Ukraine war led to a rise in food, energy and fertilizer prices, which deprived millions of people of an adequate diet.

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The Associated Press said that this report is the fifth annual report on food insecurity and security issued by United Nations organizations, including the FAO, UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the World Food Program.

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Over these years, progress towards alleviating hunger and malnutrition has stalled, then reversed as more and more people lose their resources to get enough to eat. The prevalence of undernourishment, according to the United Nations measure, reached 9.1% in 2021, which is better than it was in 2000 when it was 14.3%, but slightly higher than it was in 2020.

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