SOFI 2020 Report on Food Security

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SOFI 2020 Report on Food Security

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains I and II – Poverty; Social/Welfare issues; Food Security

In news:

According to State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) 2020 report –

  • The world is not on track to meet the goal of zero hunger by 2030.
  • Around 8-13 crore people globally are likely to go hungry this year due to the economic recession triggered by COVID­19.
  • Almost 690 million people around the world went hungry in 2019. (up by 1 crore in 2018)
  • Hunger continues to be on the rise since 2014 and the global prevalence of undernourishment, or overall percentage of hungry people, is 8.9%.
  • Asia remains home to the greatest number of under nourished (38 crore). Africa is second (25 crore), followed by Latin America and the Caribbean (4.8 crore).

Other facts:

According to current estimates, in 2019, 

  • 21.3% (14.4.crore) of children under 5 years were stunted,
  • 6.9% (4.7 crore) wasted and
  • 5.6% (3.8 million) overweight
  • A healthy diet costs more than ₹143 (or $1.90/ day) which is the international poverty threshold.

Do you know?

  • SOFI report is a join report issued annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization.
  • It presents the latest estimates on food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition at the global and regional levels. 
  • The 2020 edition continues to signal that significant challenges remain in the fight against food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms.

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