The majority of people in the world cannot afford healthy food, according to the Global Nutrition Report 2020. The report was written before the coronavirus pandemic—but the global crisis only makes the findings more significant.  

The economic fallout from COVID-19 is on track to create a “hunger pandemic” that could kill more people than the virus itself, World Food Programme chief David Beasley warns, AP reports.   As ever, developing nations will be hit hardest. Without swift intervention, “…

COVID-19’s next devastating consequence: hunger. A collection of food companies, the UN Foundation, and others are warning that COVID-19 could cause the number of people suffering chronic hunger to double in the coming months, The Guardian reports.

Eastern Africa is dreading the hatching of a new generation of locusts that stands to be 500% larger than the swarms that swept the region earlier this year.   Tens of millions of people in the region already face extreme hunger—and the swarms wreak havoc on crops,…

UNICEF and the World Food Programme provide food and nutrition aid to North Korean children—but a lack of funds, fueled by political tension and the US-led strategy of pressure and isolation of North Korea, have limited their reach. The country’s most vulnerable children…

People in North Korea face “appalling” levels of hunger and have been driven to bribery to access health care, food, housing and jobs. Meanwhile, huge sums are devoted to the country’s military capabilities, including an army of some 1 million men and women, according to a…

Linking food rations in India to Aadhaar, a massive biometric identification database, has led to a wave of deaths from hunger, welfare activists charge.

After facing famine last year, South Sudan’s hunger crisis is set to worsen this year as the dry season looms. Currently 4.8 million South Sudanese are severely food insecure; that number is expected to climb to 5.1 million in 2018.

Venezuela’s economic collapse has led to a scourge of malnutrition that has killed scores of children, concealed by a “near-total blackout of health statistics.” The New York Times’ 5-month probe into 21 public hospitals found 2,800 child malnutrition cases in the last…

In 30 of 38 sub-Saharan African countries, hunger remains “unacceptably common,” making the region the most undernourished in the developing world. The Global Hunger Index: Africa edition, based on 2016 data, measured rates of undernourishment, children under 5 who are…