Global hunger rising with conflicts, climate shocks

Global hunger rising with conflicts, climate shocks

Global hunger rising with conflicts, climate shocks

Previous year the proportion of the world's population affected by hunger rose for the first time in more than a decade, to 11 percent - up from 10.6 percent in 2015.

According to the report, wasting affected one in 12 of all children under five years of age in 2016, more than half of whom (27.6 million) live in Southern Asia.

While this is still far below 900 million in 2000, the rise in conflicts, caused, in part, by climate-related disasters, has triggered an uptick.

The report says 155 million children under age five suffer from stunting of their bodies and often their brains, thereby dimming prospects for the rest of their lives.

The report is the first United Nations global assessment on food security and nutrition to be released following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030 as a top worldwide policy priority.

"It's not only about meeting need, but also ending the need and addressing the root causes of hunger", Zlatan Milisic, from the UN's World Food Program, said.

"This is a growing problem worldwide and also has significant implications for people's health and living", said Ms. Holleman, noting that some countries have problems of malnutrition, as well as obesity.

Global hunger levels rose past year for the first time in more than a decade, the United Nations said, with 11 per cent of the world's population affected as a result of conflict, climate change and economic downturns.

Besides, number of stunted children (under 5-yr of age) dropped from 7.7 million in 2006 to 5.5 million now.

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He emphasized that the conflict - increasingly exacerbated by climate change - are one of the main drivers of the resurgence of hunger and various forms of malnutrition.

But even in regions that are more peaceful droughts or floods linked in part to the El Niño weather phenomenon, as well as the global economic slowdown, have also seen food security and nutrition deteriorate, they added. And "these trends are a effect not only of conflict and climate change, but also of sweeping changes in dietary habits as well as economic slowdowns".

The number of overweight children and obese adults stood at 41 million and 641 million, respectively, according to the report.

"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.

David Beasley, the head of the World Food Programme described the latest figures as "an indictment on humanity".

The starvation has hit parts of Southern Sudan for several months beginning in 2017 and the risk is great to see it strike again there or in other conflict areas, including the north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, they deplore.

They stressed that some of the highest proportions of food-insecure and malnourished children in the world were concentrated in conflict zones.

The five United Nations agencies heads also reaffirmed their determination and commitment now more than ever to step up concerted action to fulfil the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda and achieve a world free from hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

"If we want to beat poverty, injustice and hunger we need to tackle climate change". "There is no illusion that all protracted crisis can be solved immediately".

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