One in five Africans will starve in 2021

Malnutrition affects about 278 million people in Africa.

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More than a third of the world’s undernourished population, or 278 million people, lived on the African continent in 2021.between 702 and 828 million people are hungry. This is approximately 10% of the world’s population. Food insecurity figures are rising on all continents, According to the latest report issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on the state of food security and nutrition in the world.

After the situation deteriorated between 2019 and 2020 in most of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, we explain, prevalence of undernourishment (Energy deprivation was measured over a period of more than 1 year) It continued to increase in 2021 in most sub-regions, but at a slower pace”. butCompared to 2019, the largest increase in terms of percentage and number of people is observed on the African continent, where one in five people suffers from hunger.

Furthermore, in 2020, about 3.1 billion people worldwide were unable to afford a healthy diet due to the rising cost of living. “This figure, which is 112 million more than in 2019, is explained by the inflation in consumer prices for food products caused by the economic repercussions of the Covid-19 epidemic and the measures taken to contain it. Says the report of the Food and Agriculture Organization. The African continent alone had over a billion people, nearly 80% of its population, who had no access to healthy food. The cost of the latter is estimated at US$3.46 (€3.43) per day per person.

“It is noted with great concern that the level of hunger on this planet has skyrocketed since 2019,” Guillaume Compiegne, campaign manager for agriculture and food security at Oxfam France, responded after the report was published on 6 July. “What is even more shocking in this case is that the main cause is not so much a global production deficit as a highly unequal and unbalanced global food system, which makes access to food extremely difficult and even impossible for the most vulnerable populations.” pointed out.

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