Zero hunger

One in nine people in the world is currently undernourished; that is, around 815 million people in the world.

After decades of steady decline, the number of hungry people (as measured by the prevalence of undernourishment) began to slowly increase again in 2015. Current estimates indicate that about 690 million people in the world suffer from hunger, or 8.9 per cent of the world's population, an increase of about 10 million people in one year and about 60 million in five years.

The world is not on track to reach the goal of zero hunger by 2030. If recent trends continue, the number of hungry people will exceed 840 million by 2030.

According to the World Food Programme, about 135 million people suffer from severe hunger Available in EnglishThe global food crisis, mainly due to human-caused conflicts, climate change and economic downturns. The COVID-19 pandemic could now double that figure and add an additional 130 million people at risk of severe hunger by the end of 2020.

With more than 250 million people who could be on the brink of starvation Available in EnglishIn order to provide food and humanitarian aid to the regions most at risk, swift action is needed.

At the same time, a profound change in the global agri-food system is needed if we are to feed the more than 820 million hungry people and the two billion more people who will be living in the world by 2050. Increased agricultural productivity and sustainable food production are crucial to help alleviate the risks of hunger.