735 Million People Suffer From Hunger
According to the United Nations, approximately 735 million people experienced hunger in 2022. The reasons for this increase include the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme weather events, and the war in Ukraine.
The United Nations' World Food Report reveals that the number of hungry people in the world is on the rise. In total, 735 million people suffered from inadequate food last year, an increase of 122 million compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The reasons for this increase include the pandemic, extreme weather events, and the consequences of the climate crisis. The war in Ukraine also has an impact on access to food.
Rising food and energy prices as a challenge
According to the UN report, nearly 30% of the world's population did not have regular access to food last year. The number of people suffering from hunger has stagnated recently. In fact, it even decreased compared to 2021. However, this progress is being undermined by rising food and energy prices, according to the UN.
Greatest crisis in Africa - Progress in Asia and Latin America
Hunger crises have intensified in many parts of the world, with Africa being the most affected. One in five people in Africa suffers from hunger, more than twice the global average.
However, the UN has observed progress in tackling famine in Asia and Latin America. UN Secretary-General António Guterres emphasizes the need to strengthen resilience to crises and shocks that lead to food insecurity.
UN aims to end famine by 2030
The United Nations aims to end hunger in the world by 2030. However, this remains a "massive challenge." Projections suggest that even by 2030, almost 600 million people will still not have enough to eat.
The global community must act quickly, wisely, and compassionately to change the course and combat hunger, says Cindy McCain, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP).