Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Prospects for ending global hunger.
The number of people classed as 'hungry' increased to 821 million in 2018, from 811 million in 2017, and a low of 785 million in 2015, according to a recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). This continues a recent trend of a slow increase in global hunger since 2015, although the proportion of hungry people globally is largely unchanged (around 11%). The trend is being compounded by a rise in obesity and overweight.
- Climate-sensitive agriculture will generate more interest as extreme weather events rise in intensity and frequency.
- Taxes on high-sugar, high-fat foods will rise, but without access to healthier options, the problem of poor nutrition is intractable.
- Governments will face pressure to increase investment in nutrition education to help people make healthier choices.