Global Hunger Reaches Unprecedented Levels, Threatening UN Goals
Global Hunger Reaches Unprecedented Levels, Threatening UN Goals: In a study released on Friday, the U.N. said that there are 745 million more people who are moderately to severely hungry worldwide than there were in 2015 and that efforts to achieve the ambitious goal of ending hunger by 2030 are well behind schedule.
According to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization, most of the goals related to food and agriculture are showing little to no progress as we approach the halfway point of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This report was released ahead of a U.N. sustainable development summit that will take place in New York next week.
The pandemic upended food markets and increased unemployment in 2020, resulting in a substantial rise in global food insecurity; nonetheless, hunger has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. As of 2022, 2.4 billion people worldwide—up from 1.75 billion in 2015—were classified as moderately or severely food insecure. This is a 29.6% increase in the global population.
Hunger is increasing greatest in Sub-Saharan Africa, while undernourishment is worse in the global south.
Additionally, there has been no progress made toward the global target of halving food waste, which has been at about 13% since 2016. According to the research, nations should develop policies to minimize food loss.
In November of last year, Reuters reported that inefficient consumer behavior, a lack of clear policy, and inadequate public investment are to blame for the lack of progress made worldwide on food waste.
Additionally, the globe is far from meeting its targets for reversing land degradation, conserving forests, and safeguarding fish populations. Reducing illicit fishing and improving water usage efficiency have seen some results.
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