A United Nation (UN) report revealed that between 720 and 811 million people in the world faced hunger in 2020 due to conflicts, climate change and the economic impact of COVID-19.
The report titled “State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 (SOFI)” was jointly published on Monday by five UN agencies which include: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Program (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to the report, more people faced hunger and malnutrition in year 2020 than ever.
It also disclosed that the pandemic continues to expose weaknesses in food systems, which threaten the lives and livelihoods of people around the world.
“Around a tenth of the global population between 720 million people and 811 million were undernourished last year.
“Some 418 million of that number were in Asia and 282 million were in Africa.
“Globally, 2.4 billion people did not have access to sufficiently nutritious food in 2020, an increase of nearly 320 million people in one year,” it stated.