Ending world hunger in times of Covid-19. Utopian challenge or goal to achieve?

By the Program Department

In this Notebook we propose an update, considering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, to achieve the 2030 Agenda Goal No.2: “To end world hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.

Five years after the international community committed itself to approving the 2030 Agenda  to eradicate hunger, foodinsecurity and all forms of malnutrition from the world, we are still a long way  fromachieving this goal by 2030.

The data updated by the UN agencies tell us that the world is not progressing  to  ensure access to safe and nutritious products and enough food for all people throughout the year, nor towards the goal of eradicating all forms of malnutrition.

Estimates of data collected in 2019 tell us that almost 690 million people are hungry, or 8.9 percent ofthe  world’s population.  mondiale.  The number of people suffering from severe food insecurity, which is another measure    approaching  alhunger, shows  asimilarupward trend. In 2019, almost 750million, almost one in ten people worldwide, are exposed to severe levels of food insecurity.

Currently, seven countries around the world are about to be hit by an acute food crisis, driven by the knock-on effects of the Covid-19 against already vulnerable populations and territories. Almost no region is immune, from Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Asia, Haiti, and Venezuela in America, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria in the Middle East to Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Liberia, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe in Africa.

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