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2020 Report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World released

14 July 2020

The 2020 edition of the annual report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World has been released this week, produced jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).


The report estimates that almost 690 million people went hungry in 2019 – up by 10 million from 2018, and by nearly 60 million in five years. Five years 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. Meeting this Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 target is now further affected with the COVID-19 pandemic intensifying the existing vulnerabilities and inadequacies of global food systems in addition to the pre-existing factors such as fragile institutions, conflicts, violence and the widespread displacement of populations contributing to the vicious circles of poverty and hunger.


Read the full report here.


GRC has been engaged on the issue of food insecurity and hunger since 2017, including under SDG 2. Most recently, GRC assisted Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH), one of Germany’s biggest private development and humanitarian organisations, in their 2020 Kompass publication. The focus of the report was on the rise of conflict and hunger and how this intersects with Germany’s pledges to SDG 2 – Zero Hunger, and their work at the UN Security Council on strengthening IHL.


For more on GRC’s work on food insecurity see

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