After a prolonged decline, world hunger is on the rise
In 2016, about 815 million people suffered from hunger - 38 million more than in 2015. After declining for most of the last decade, food insecurity is now on the rise says the annual State of Food Security and Nutrition Report (SOFI) authored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to the new report, hunger rates in 44 countries are either the same or higher than they were 10 years ago. Report data also shows that hunger doesn't necessarily happen in poor countries only: amongst the 44 countries, more than a third are upper middle-income countries.
"This tells us that the threat of hunger can happen anywhere and that action needs to be stepped up in a range of contexts,"...