UN agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Program (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), have announced the most comprehensive food shortage and crisis since Covid-19 began to take effect globally in March 2020. published the hunger report.
In the report, it was stated that the rates of hunger and malnutrition in the world increased from 8.4 percent in 2019 to 10 percent in 2020, and Covid-19 had a significant share in this increase.
It was pointed out that the number of people experiencing hunger and malnutrition increased by 118 million to approximately 768 million in 2020 due to the epidemic.
The UN’s report is the first comprehensive study on food insecurity and nutrition since the outbreak of the epidemic.
MORE THAN HALF OF MALNUTIES ARE IN ASIAN
The report stated that 418 million of the 768 million malnourished people worldwide live in Asia, while 282 million are in Africa and 60 million are in Latin America and the Caribbean.
It was stated that Africa is the continent with the most nutritional problems and 21 percent of the continent’s population is undernourished.
On the other hand, it was reported that in 2020, approximately 149 million children under the age of 5 were behind their age in height development and approximately 39 million children were overweight.