New UN report warns that the number of people suffering hunger in Latin America is at its highest point in two decades

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New UN report warns that the number of people suffering hunger in Latin America is at its highest point in two decades

FAO, IFAD, PAHO/WHO, UNICEF and WFP will present a report focusing on the latest statistics and trends of food security and nutrition in the region.

On 30 November at 11:00 Santiago, Chile time/ 09:00 Washington, DC, 09:00 Panama City, Panama five UN agencies will present the latest edition of the Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean 2021.

The report provides the latest statistic and analyzes the trends regarding food security and nutrition in the region, and shows a deeply worrying scenario.

According to the Regional Overview, the number of people suffering hunger is at its highest point since the year 2000, with a 30 percent increase just between 2019 and 2020. Four in every ten people suffered food insecurity during 2020, and one in four adults suffers obesity.

The region has shown important progress in reducing stunting in the last 20 years; however, between 2012 and 2020, the rate of decrease has slowed. Overweight in children under five years has been steadily increasing over the last two decades.

The Regional Overview will be presented through a Zoom press conference by authorities of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Program (WFP).

What

  • Launch of the Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2021

When

  • November 30, 2021, 11:00 am from Santiago de Chile / 09:00 am Washington, DC/ 09:00 Panama

Who

  • Julio Berdegué, FAO’s Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Rossana Polastri, IFAD’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Jean Gough, Director UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Carissa F. Etienne, Director of PAHO/WHO
  • Lola Castro, Regional Director of WFP for Latin America and the Caribbean

How to participate

Journalists interested in participating in the press conference can access the meeting via Zoom, and send their questions via chat.

Please register here

The Conference can also be followed on the FAO website or on the FAO Youtube, FAO Facebook and FAO Twitter accounts.

Interviews and full report under embargo

To request an interview, or request the full report under embargo, please write to María Elena Álvarez, maria.alvarez@fao.org.

Press Contacts

FAO: María Elena Álvarez, maria.alvarez@fao.org

IFAD: Juan Ignacio Cortés, j.cortescarrasbal@ifad.org

PAHO / WHO: Arantxa Cayon cayona@paho.org 

UNICEF: María Alejandra Berroterán maberroteran@unicef.org

WFP: Elio Rujano, elio.rujano@wfp.org


Media Advisory No.: IFAD/14/2021

Media contact

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Juan Ignacio Cortes Carrasbal

Communications Division

j.cortescarrasbal@ifad.org