UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The UN announced grim news on global food security on Wednesday: 2.4 billion people lacked consistent access to food last year, as many as 783 million suffered from hunger and 148 million children suffered from stunting.
Five United Nations agencies said in the 2023 State of Food Security and Nutrition report that while global hunger figures have stagnated between 2021 and 2022, many places are facing food crises that are getting worse. They highlighted Western Asia, the Caribbean and Africa where 20% of the continent’s population suffers from hunger, more than double the global average.
“Recovery from the global pandemic has been uneven and the war in Ukraine has affected nutritious food and healthy diets,” said Qu Dongyu, director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in a statement. “This is the ‘new normal’ where climate change, conflict and economic instability push those on the margins of safety even further.”