Chronic Hunger on the Rise

A combination of increased conflict and the effects of climate change are leading to an increase in world hunger, according to a new report produced by 5 UN agencies.

After decades of progress on reducing world hunger, the number of chronically undernourished people reached 815 million in 2016—an increase of 38 million and the 1st increase since the turn of the century. The study also noted an uptick in the number of chronically hungry, from 10.6% in 2015 to 11% in 2016. South Sudan, Yemen, north-east Nigeria and Somalia have been especially hard hit.

Whether it’s a “blip” or the start of a trend, experts say the numbers should set off alarm bells.

Source: The Guardian

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