New UN report: World hunger again on the rise, driven by conflict and climate change


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Published on Sep 15, 2017

After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released today. At the same time, multiple forms of malnutrition are threatening the health of millions worldwide. The increase – 38 million more people than the previous year – is largely due to the proliferation of violent conflicts and climate-related shocks, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017. Kostas Stamoulis, FAO’s Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Development Department explains the three key causes for the rise in hunger and actions that need to be taken to address the issue.

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