Why hunger around the world is ris­ing again

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - | POLITICS POLICY -

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.

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