UN: because of wars and climate the number of hungry in the world increased for the first time in 10 years
According to the Food and agriculture organization of the United Nations, in 2016, the number of hungry people has reached 815 million people, representing 11% of the world population.
ROME, September 15. /TASS/. The number of hungry people in the world in 2016 reached 815 million people, representing 11% of the world population. As noted in a statement released on Friday by the Food and agriculture organization of the UN (FAO) the new annual report on world food security and nutrition, for the first time in 10 years after a progressive decline in the number of people affected by hunger is growing.
According to the report “the Situation of food security and nutrition in the world” in 2016, the number of hungry people increased by 38 million (776,7 million in 2015).
Armed conflict and the worsening natural disasters caused by climate change are highlighted in the report as major factors contributing to the spread of hunger and many forms of malnutrition.
More than half of hungry people on the planet — 489 million — live in countries affected by wars. The conflict is complicated by political and environmental instability, spreading hunger by 11-18 percentage points higher than in other areas. People living in countries affected by protracted crises, almost 2.5 times more likely at risk of hunger, than people living in other regions, according to the report.