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World’s Hungry Population on the Rise Again, Says U.N. Report

Published on June 23, 2018
An unfortunate reality that's plaguing humanity. 
The most vital ingredient to sustain life on this planet besides air is food.
World’s Hungry Population on the Rise Again, says U.N. Report
  • A life of two assured square meals a day is not something that's too much to ask.
  • The number of hungry people in the world has risen for the first time in more than a decade, according to a United Nations report.
  • There are now approximately 38 million more undernourished people in the world, rising from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016.

Causes:

  • According to the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2018 report, conflict is now one of the main drivers of food insecurity in 18 countries.
  • Conflict, drought and disasters linked to climate change are among the key factors causing this problem.
  • Violent conflicts also led to the forced displacement of a record high 68.5 million in 2017.
  • Due to an increasing impact of extreme events related to a changing climate, the economic losses attributed to disasters were estimated at over $300 billion in 2017.

Situation in South Asia:

  • South Asia, which includes India, has seen child marriage rates plunge, with a girl’s risk of getting married in childhood dropping by 40% from 2000 to 2017.
  • On the other hand, water stress levels for many countries in the region are above 70%, indicating fast-approaching water scarcity. 
  • More than nine out of 10 people living in urban areas around the world are breathing polluted air, with southern Asia scoring the worst in this area.
  • While electricity and sanitation deficits in south Asia are still poor, there are noted efforts are being made to close the gap.

The Final Takeaway:

  • With only 12 years left to achieve the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 agenda requires accelerated actions by countries along with collaborative partnerships among governments and stakeholders at all levels.
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