Food and Agriculture Organization Current Affairs - 2020

Global Report on Food Crisis, 2020

The Global Report on Food Crisis, 2020 was released by the Global Network against Food Crisis. The report says that around 135 million people are living under food crisis.

Highlights

According to the report, the numbers have increased. In 2019, the number of people living under food crisis were 113 million. Yemen was the at the top, with 15.9 million people under food crisis. This was 53% of population of the country.

The top 10 countries that were under food crisis contributed to 65% of the world population. These countries were Yemen, D R Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria, Sudan, Northern Nigeria and Haiti.

Key Findings of the report

Over 75 million children were reported to be stunted and they were spread across 55 food crisis countries. As 2019, conflict and insecurity were the main drivers of food crisis in 2020 as well. Africa had the largest number of food insecure people in the world.

Global Network against Food Crisis

The Global Network against food crisis was an initiative that was launched by European Union, World Food Programme, and Food and Agriculture Organization. The network aims at delivering and formulating nutrition and food security in food crisis. It works towards achieving zero hunger goal. Zero Hunger Goal is one of the Sustainable Development Agenda, 2030.

Global Annual Report released by United Nations World Food Programme

The World Food Programme of the United Nations recently released its fourth annual report on Food Crisis. According to the report, the food crisis has grown by 10%.

Highlights

The report says that around 265 million people are facing food insecurity in 2020. This has increased as compared to 2019. In 2019, around 135 million were affected. The report has found that around 135 million people from 55 countries are living in acute food crisis.

Findings of the report

The increase in food crisis is mainly due to economic shocks, conflicts and weather-related events such as drought.

Financial Flows

The financial flows of humanitarian assistance in 32 of the 53 countries with food crisis has increased. However, the increase is not in par with the increase in food crisis. In 2016, the financial flows were 5.38 billion USD and in 2018, the financial flows were 6.5 billion USD.

About the report

The report was presented by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization and World Food Programme to the United Nations Security Council.