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Hunger and Food Shortages are On the Rise

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07.12.2021

Although according to the information voiced by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, 88 million people were starving in the world at the end of 2020, numerous media and public organizations indicate that the number of hungry people on our planet is many times greater.

According to the UN specialized agencies alone, about three billion people on the planet can’t afford a healthy and balanced diet. The leading cause of malnutrition is poverty. While the European population is getting poorer and shrinking its food basket in an attempt to satisfy basic needs somehow, the situation in the developing regions of the world is much more dramatic, as people there face the threat of real hunger and malnutrition.

From 690 million to 820 million people starve globally, or about 10% of the world’s population. The trend of food scarcity persists despite modern agroindustrial technology. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) analysts, the previously set goal of eradicating hunger by 2030 will not be achieved. A report on global hunger published jointly by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe noted: “after the world committed to end hunger, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition, we are still off-track to achieve this objective by 2030.” With reference to current expert projections, this report shows that the world as a whole and 47 countries in particular will not even achieve low levels of hunger by 2030.

In addition to the African continent and parts of Asia, Latin America, famine zones are emerging for the first time in the Western Balkans and some areas of the former Soviet Union, particularly in Ukraine and Georgia.

Thus, according to conclusions of Ukrainian agencies and international organizations, the actions of the current Kyiv authorities have led to the fact that in Ukraine, more than one million are officially recognized as starving. Given the stalemate in the Ukrainian economy, this figure threatens to grow........

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