The hunger growing again, driven by conflict and climate change

Ebony Scott
September 17, 2017

Currently, Bangladesh has got 24.4 million undernourished people or in other words 15.1 percent of its population is not having enough to meet their minimum daily diets.

Asia has the largest number of hungry people - 520 million - and sub-Saharan Africa has the highest proportion of hungry, affecting 20 per cent of the population.

Some 155 million under-five children are stunted, while 52 million suffer from wasting, and an estimated 41 million are now overweight.

Anaemia among women and adult obesity are also causes for concern.

"The concurrence of conflict and climate-related natural disasters is likely to increase with climate change, as climate change not only magnifies problems of food insecurity and nutrition, but can also contribute to a further downward spiral into conflict, protracted crisis and continued fragility", said the report.

"This is a growing problem worldwide and also has significant implications for people's health and living", said Ms. Holleman, noting that some countries have problems of malnutrition, as well as obesity.

United Nations says the number of people affected by hunger and starvation in the world is on the rise again after intensifying conflicts and climate change.

Sánchez Cantillo points to three main drivers of world hunger and malnutrition: conflict and violence, weather related events, and economic slowdowns.

The increase, the first in a decade, is largely due to rising violent conflicts, climate change, lifestyle changes and economic slowdown.

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In fact, the United Nations registered more overweight and obese children in most regions of the world and in all regions for adults.

Starvation struck in parts of South Sudan for several months in early 2017, and there is a high risk that it could reoccur there as well as appear in other conflict-affected places, namely northeast Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, they reminded.

"Over the past decade, conflicts have risen dramatically in number and become more complex and intractable in nature", the heads of five United Nations agencies said in The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017 report.

David Beasley, the head of the World Food Programme described the latest figures as "an indictment on humanity".

Some of the highest proportions of food-insecure and malnourished children in the world are now concentrated in conflict zones, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.

The heads of major United Nations agencies warned that without concerted action, the ambitious goal set by world governments to end hunger and prevent malnutrition by 2030 will not be reached.

"If we want to beat poverty, injustice and hunger we need to tackle climate change".

It also highlighted starvation in parts of South Sudan in early 2017.

IFAD President Gilbert Houngbo said that 'We should not wait for conflicts to be over. Agriculture investment must also be combined with investment in technology and fighting food losses and creating access to markets'.

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