Why hunger around the world is rising again
Is the number of undernourished people worldwide declining?
With increasing global wealth one may assume that hunger has been declining over the years. That, however, is not true. Income inequality is increasing and, hence, despite an increase in overall wealth for certain people, the ability to access food has decreased. And not just income inequality, but conflicts, adverse climate and worsened economic conditions, too, have increased the number of undernourished people in some regions. The recent ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018’ report estimates that in 2017, 10.9% of the world’s population was undernourished. This translates to 821 million people, which is at the same level as that in 2010. Countries in South America and Africa have largely contributed to this increase.