The European Union, together with an international alliance of UN, governmental and nongovernmental agencies working to address the root causes of extreme hunger, has contributed in the release of a new edition of their annual Global Report on Food Crises.
The report indicates that at the close of 2019, 135 million people across 55 countries and territories experienced acute food insecurity*. Additionally, in the 55 food-crisis countries covered by the report, 75 million children were stunted and 17 million suffered from wasting in 2019.
This is the highest level of acute food insecurity* and malnutrition documented by the Network since the first edition of the report in 2017.
More than half (73 million) of the 135 million people covered by the report live in Africa; 43 million live in the Middle East and Asia; 18.5 million live in Latin America and the Caribbean.
* Acute food insecurity is when a person’s inability to consume adequate food puts their lives or livelihoods in immediate danger.