Alarming Levels of Hunger Highlight Scale of Challenge to Achieve 'Zero Hunger' by 2030 - Global Hunger Index Report

The focus of the unprecedented rate of hunger is the challenge to reach 'zero hunger' by 2030

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Oct. 12, 2020 NEW YORK

NEW YORK, Oct 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The world faces a huge mountain if the Sustainable Development Goal of the United Nations of 'Zero Hunger' is to be reached in 2030.

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) in 2020, released today, reveals that in 11 countries "warning" levels of malnutrition are reported, and in another 40 countries hunger continues to be serious.

The condition is improving too slowly or even declining in several countries, according to the study.

According to the 15th annual study of the GHI series released by the IRO Concern Worldwide and its German NGO affiliate Welthungerhilfe, 37 countries will be unable to reach even 'low' malnutrition rate by 2030.

The study finds the rate "alarming" hunger in the following areas: Chad, Timor-Lest, Madagascar: Burundi, CAR; Somalia , South Sudan, Syria , and Yemen.

GHI ratings have increased since 2012 for 46 countries in mild, severe or troubling groups, but GHI ratings for 14 countries in these groups indicate that starvation and malnutrition are worsening.

GHI has used data from 107 countries to classify levels of hunger in five categories , ranging from low and moderate to serious, alarming and highly alarming.

However, the evidence used for the 2020 study does not yet illustrate the adverse consequences COVID-19 has on nations, but also points out that the fundamental food insecurity weaknesses remain.

"The global pandemic, a catastrophic epidemic of locusts in East Africa, and economic crisis have impacted all parts of the globe,' said Dominic MacSorley, Chief Executive Officer of Concern Worldwide. "But the planet has been on the road to Zero Poverty until 2030.

"With the constant impacts of global change and war, the physical influence of these various disasters quickly escalates food and nutrition malnutrition for millions, in particular for the most disadvantaged."

The authors of Robyn Alders, Osman Dar, Richard Kock and Francesco Rampa said: "In today's scheme we are reaching global and social boundaries – environmental limits and the social foundations that people can not thrive safly.

This is illustrated by the recent COVID-19 pandemic and the rising frequency of the production and widespread dissemination of emerging infectious diseases.

The number is shockingly increasing and is shockfully inacceptable, especially because it is preventable, "MacSorley says." There is a ton of people live with malnutrition and undernutrition, and there are 5,3 million kids killed before the fifth birthday alone, in 2018.

"An enormous mountain must be climbed so that Zero Hunger is reached by 2030, and in 2020 that mountain has grown much steeper."

You can access here: https:/www.concernusa.org/GHI2020, the Global Hunger Index 2020.

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