The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation recently released the 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report.
This report is intended to show the state of malnutrition and malnourishment around the world and it’s possible causes. The aim is to end hunger and malnourishment across the world.
This year’s report recognises that countries which are more sensitive to rainfall and temperatures variations and rely heavily on agriculture are worse off for hunger than in previous reports.
One of the major recommendations from the 2018 Report is that food security and the systems providing it must be strengthened and made more adaptable.
The following are some of the findings for the world for 2017;
- Approximately one in nine people across the world are undernourished
- One adult in eight are obese
- 38 million children under the age of five are overweight
- One woman in three of reproductive age is anaemic
- 22 percent of all children under the age of five are stunted (this is down from 25 percent in 2012)
- 50.5 million children under five were affected by wasting
- 10 percent of the worrld’s population were affected by severe food security
The target is to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030. Remember that it is possible to be obese and still be malnourished.
With such high figures of undernourishment and obesity, it does make you wonder how this target can possibly be achieved across the globe in only 11 years!
The full report can be found at https://www.wfp.org/content/2018-state-food-security-and-nutrition-world-sofi-report