The United Nations fears that the coronavirus could jeopardize the SDG goal. Last Monday, the United Nations focused on rising hunger and malnutrition all over the world.
For the first time, the United Nations has issued a report on food security after analyzing the effects of the pandemic. Food and Agriculture Organisation of United Nations FAO, World Food Programme WFP, and World Health Organisation WHO jointly presented the reports.
The organizations collectively say that it is sad but true that the effects of Coronavirus are increasing in food insecurity and malnutrition. This is the first large-scale report on food security since the pandemic has spread around the world.
Effects of covid-19 on food security
Analyzing the impact of COVID-19 on food security, the agencies said that the number of hungry and malnourished people has increased dramatically compared to last year. The agency also said the total number of people suffering from malnutrition was now 768 million.
However, the report talks about the number of people suffering from malnutrition in the continent, where 418 million people suffering from malnutrition live in Asia.
The total number of malnourished people in Africa is 282 million. And 60 million malnourished people are living in Latin America.
United Nations concerns
The UN says the number of malnourished people has remained almost unchanged for the past five years. But now it is dramatically increasing.
The UN says the effects of the coronavirus have spread to every region of the world. It is time to address the huge number of people who have suffered from hunger and malnutrition.
The United Nations has expressed concern that the goal of eradicating hunger from the world by 2030 could lag far behind. It would take another 12 years to ensure the number of people who are currently starving.