After A Decade of Improvement, Global Hunger Increases

The UN says global hunger levels have risen for the first time in a decade

Overall, 11 percent of the world's population was hungry previous year. About 155 million children under five years old are affected.

Currently, Bangladesh has got 24.4 million undernourished people or in other words 15.1 percent of its population is not having enough to meet their minimum daily diets.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday rang the alarm bells on the increase of the number of people experiencing hunger worldwide. It is also the UN's first global assessment on food security and nutrition released since countries adopted the agenda for sustainable development, which aims to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030, the World Health Organisation said. It also documents the occurrence of anaemia in women of reproductive age, which is a leading cause of maternal mortality, and rates of breastfeeding.

However, even for those who live in countries with little to no violence, economic slowdown can provoke difficulties with food imports, increasing domestic prices and resulting in a decrease in food availability. About 60 percent live of the 850 million people suffering from hunger live in areas affected by conflict.

The number of people hungry around the world is up for the first time in more than a decade, says a new United Nations report issued today, pointing to violent conflicts and climate change as the major drivers.

Meantime, an estimated 41 million children are now overweight.

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While the report blamed conflicts as the main driver of food insecurity, hunger is worsened when conflict areas are also affected by climate-related problems such as droughts and floods linked in part to the El Nino phenomenon. These trends are a outcome not only of conflict and climate change but also of sweeping changes in dietary habits as well as economic slowdowns, it also disclosed. "This is an indictment of humanity", said the head of the World Food Program, David Beasley.

The UN said yesterday that some 20 million people face possible starvation in Yemen, parts of South Sudan, northeast Nigeria and Somalia.

In fact, the United Nations registered more overweight and obese children in most regions of the world and in all regions for adults.

"These recent estimates are a warning signal that achieving the goal of a world without hunger and malnutrition by 2030 will be challenging", the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization and four other agencies said in the report published Friday. "We will not end hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030 unless we address all the factors that undermine food security and nutrition".

"Ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition is an ambitious goal, but it is one we strongly believe can be reached if we strengthen our common efforts and work to tackle the underlying causes that leave so many people food-insecure, jeopardizing their lives, futures, and the futures of their societies". Although lives were lost, we were able to pull South Sudan out of starvation in three months and Somalia in six months.

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