World is moving backwards on eliminating hunger and malnutrition, UN report reveals
The world is moving further away from ending hunger, food insecurity & malnutrition in all forms according to #SOFI2022.
Governments must repurpose current support to agriculture to reduce cost of nutritious & sustainable foods.
— FAO (@FAO) July 6, 2022
Overall, two out of three children are not fed the minimum diverse diet they need to grow and develop to their full potential, the report notes, with concern.
Looking forward, the SOFI analysis projects that nearly 670 million people (8 percent of the world population) will still be facing hunger in 2030 – even if a global economic recovery is taken into consideration.
This is a similar number to 2015, when the goal of ending hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition by the end of this decade was launched under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In other words, the SDGs will have failed to take the world forward battling hunger.
‘Shocking’ report card: Mohammed
The Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, said that the figures were a “shocking report card of our efforts to end hunger – and we can, and must, do better.”
She noted that it includes billions who have limited or rationed their food intake, or started eating food that is less nutritious, because they just can’t afford alternatives.
“These are people whose lives, livelihoods and prospects for a fruitful and dignified life are being crippled, with their futures eroded and potential and aspirations held back”, she said, speaking at the SOFI launch in New York.
“They need our crosscutting resolve. The evidence presented in this report is compelling as it is outrageous when we see that children in rural settings and poorer households, whose mothers received no formal education, were even more vulnerable to stunting and wasting.”
Ukraine, climate change
The report also highlighted the damaging impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has disrupted the supply of staple cereals, oilseeds and fertilizer from both nations, as well as international supply chains – provoking soaring prices as well as ready-to-use therapeutic food for severely malnourished children.
This comes as supply chains are already being adversely affected by increasingly frequent extreme climate events, especially in low-income countries, and has potentially sobering implications for global food security and nutrition.
“This report repeatedly highlights the intensification of these major drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition: conflict, climate extremes and economic shocks, combined with growing inequalities,” the heads of the five UN agencies wrote in this year’s foreword. “The issue at stake is not whether adversities will continue to occur or not, but how we must take bolder action to build resilience against future shocks.”