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World hunger again on the rise, driven by conflict and climate change, new UN report says

Key numbers

Hunger and food security

  • Overall number of hungry people in the world: 815 million, including:
    • In Asia: 520 million
    • In Africa: 243 million
    • In Latin America and the Caribbean: 42 million
  • Share of the global population who are hungry: 11%
    • Asia: 11.7%
    • Africa: 20% (in eastern Africa, 33.9%)
    • Latin America and the Caribbean: 6.6%

Malnutrition in all its forms

  • Number of children under 5 years of age who suffer from stunted growth (height too low for their age): 155 million
    • Number of those living in countries affected by varying levels of conflict: 122 million
  • Children under 5 affected by wasting (weight too low given their height): 52 million
  • Number of adults who are obese: 641 million (13% of all adults on the planet)
  • Children under 5 who are overweight: 41 million
  • Number of women of reproductive age affected by anaemia: 613 million (around 33% of the total)

The impact of conflict

  • Number of the 815 million hungry people on the planet who live in countries affected by conflict: 489 million
  • The prevalence of hunger in countries affected by conflict is 1.4 – 4.4 percentage points higher than in other countries
  • In conflict settings compounded by conditions of institutional and environmental fragility, the prevalence is 11 and 18 percentage points higher
  • People living in countries affected by protracted crises are nearly 2.5 times more likely to be undernourished than people elsewhere

Note to editors

This is the first time that UNICEF and WHO join FAO, IFAD and WFP in preparing The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report. This change reflects the SDG agenda’s broader view on hunger and all forms of malnutrition. The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, established by the General Assembly, is lending focus to this effort by motivating governments to set goals and invest in measures to address the multiple dimensions of malnutrition.

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017 has been re-geared for the SDG era and includes enhanced metrics for quantifying and assessing hunger, including two indicators on food insecurity and six indicators on nutrition.

The heads of agencies issuing today’s report are: José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO; Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD; Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF; David Beasley, Executive Director of WFP; Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.\n

 

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