‘Global hunger continues to rise’

For the third year in a row, there has been a rise in world hunger, with the absolute number of undernourished people being increased to about 821mn in 2017 from around 804mn in 2016, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

hunger drought 17Countries need to take action to prevent climate-related disasters. (Image source: Photocurry/Pixabay)

Africa remains the continent with the highest prevalence of undernourishment (PoU), affecting almost 21 per cent of the population. The situation is also deteriorating in South America, where the PoU has increased from 4.7 per cent in 2014 to a projected five per cent in 2017.

Asia’s decreasing trend in undernourishment seems to be slowing down significantly. The projected PoU for Asia in 2017 is 11.4 per cent, which represents more than 515mn people. Without increased efforts, the world will fall far short of achieving the SDG target of eradicating hunger by 2030.

Child overweight and adult obesity

Since 2012, the global proportion of overweight children remains relatively stagnant, with 5.4 per cent in 2012 and 5.6 per cent in 2017. Of these 38.3mn overweight children, 25 per cent live in Africa and 46 per cent live in Asia.

“The prevalence of obesity among adults in the world has been increasing steadily between 1975 and 2016 – and at an accelerated pace over the past decade. Adult obesity is highest in Northern America and the rate of increase in adult obesity is also the highest there. While Africa and Asia continue to have the lowest rates of obesity, an increasing trend can also be observed,” said FAO.

Climate-related disasters affect food security

Food security and nutrition indicators can clearly be associated with an extreme climate event, such as a severe drought, that critically challenges agriculture and food production.

Several countries – notably in Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia – experienced drought, not only through abnormally low total accumulated rainfall but also through lower rainfall intensities and fewer days of rainfall.

According to FAO, out of 27 countries with increasing change points in the prevalence of undernourishment occurring under severe drought stress conditions, most (19 countries) are in Africa, with the remaining four in Asia, three in Latin America and the Caribbean, and one in Eastern Europe.

A closer review reveals that many countries have witnessed periods of increased undernourishment over the past years; however, during the period of the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event of 2015–2016 this change across so many countries contributed to a reversal of the PoU trend at the global level.


LATEST NEWS IN Agriculture

Norway promises top-up contribution of urgently needed climate finance

Norway promises top-up contribution of u…

On 9 November 2022, Norway, as part of a commitment to triple its support to climate adaptation by 2026, has pledged an additional US$9.5mn contribution of urgently needed climate finance...

Better Cotton signs partnership agreement with IDH and CotonChad

Better Cotton signs partnership agreemen…

Better Cotton recently signed a multi-stakeholder Letter of Intent to participate in the landscape approach, developed with local stakeholders in Chad in conjunction with IDH, intending to work towards improving...

NFU president Minette Batters appointed as ambassador of Farm Africa

NFU president Minette Batters appointed …

Farm Africa, a charity that promotes sustainable agricultural practices, strengthens markets and protects the environment in rural eastern Africa, has announced the appointment of NFU president Minette Batters as an...

AfDB grants US$63.38mn loan to implement agro-processing project in Senegal

AfDB grants US$63.38mn loan to implement…

The board of directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Abidjan has approved a loan of US$63.38mn to Senegal to implement the Agropole-Centre agro-industrial processing zone project

Farming innovations which help conserve nature and create jobs

Farming innovations which help conserve …

On World Food Day, farmers in the UK and globally showed how innovative farming methods and techniques can improve lives, help meet global climate targets and produce food without harming...

US$20.5mn renewable energy agriculture project launched in Ethiopia

US$20.5mn renewable energy agriculture p…

On 12 October, the Distributed Renewable Energy - Agriculture Modalities (DREAM) initiative began with the launch of nine renewable energy mini-grids and irrigation systems across Ethiopia

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Agriculture

 FAO and World Food Programme to assist farmers in Congo and Nigeria

FAO and World Food Programme to assist …

The Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have stepped up efforts to assist farmers and alleviate hunger in Congo and Nigeria

Zambian farmers urge government to formalise exports to DR Congo

Zambian farmers urge government to forma…

Farmers in the town of Chililabombwe in Zambia's Copperbelt region have put pressure on the Zambian government to roll out a system that would facilitate formal export trade with DR...

Rwanda’s tea export earnings double

Rwanda’s tea export earnings double

Rwanda’s tea export earnings have more than doubled in the first quarter of 2016, rising from US$7.1mn in 2015 to US$18.8mn

New centre to give training on sustainable farming in Zambia

New centre to give training on sustainab…

German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) has announced it will open Zambian-German Agricultural Knowledge Centre (AKTC) to offer sustainable agricultural techniques to the farmers of the southern African country

State cocoa board established in Côte d’Ivoire

State cocoa board established in Côte d’…

The government of Côte d’Ivoire has announced the establishment of a ‘state-controlled cocoa body’

‘Global hunger continues to rise’

‘Global hunger continues to rise’

For the third year in a row, there has been a rise in world hunger, with the absolute number of undernourished people being increased to about 821mn in 2017 from...

Imara invests US$4.5m in Zambezi Berry Company

Imara invests US$4.5m in Zambezi Berry C…

Imara Private Equity, a division of Imara Holdings, has sourced, structured and invested US$4.5m on behalf of a European family office client, into Zambezi Berry Company (ZBC) 

South African government to create new job opportunities in agricultural sector

South African government to create new j…

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will in the next 16 years aim to create one million jobs, according to minister Senzeni Zokwana

Ghana women farmers partner to build a soap making business

Ghana women farmers partner to build a s…

The Kokoo Pa Farmers Association, supported by FAO's Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) programme, has trained women farmers from the Adansi South district, Ghana, in making soaps from the waste...

Wildlife and forestry sector in the spotlight

Wildlife and forestry sector in the spot…

On August 22, the 23rd session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission, hosted by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo opened in Kinshasa, putting the future...

Creating awareness on plant biosecurity in Mauritius

Creating awareness on plant biosecurity …

A workshop focusing on plant biosecurity awareness and two video clips in English and Mauritian Creole on the topic, were launched by the Attorney General, Minister of Agro-Industry and Food...

Norwegian Refugee Council says over 427,000 affected by flooding in Somalia

Norwegian Refugee Council says over 427,…

The Norwegian Refugee Council said that heavy flooding in Somalia has affected hundreds of thousands of people in the month of April, with more heavy rain expected in the week

Prev Next