The number of people living with hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is at the highest level since 2000, and the United Nations reports.
The number of hungry people in these regions increased by 13.8 million to 59.7 million last year. This is 9.1 percent of the entire population of the region, according to the joint report of a number of UN organisations, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Unicef, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
In absolute numbers, the number of people with hunger has increased mainly in Central America over the past 20 years. 19 million people do not have enough food there. That‘s 10.6 percent of the population. Percent, the level is highest in the Caribbean: 16.1 percent. In South America, 7.8 percent of the population is hungry daily.
“We have to say it loud and clear,” said FAO’s regional representative. “Latin America and the Caribbean are facing a critical situation in the area of food security.”
The corona pandemic is an important cause of the increase. “But hunger has been increasing since 2014,” says the regional director of IFAD. She says that “the deep vulnerabilities in our food systems must be resolved”.
In addition to hunger, too,
Hunger is not the only food problem in the region. 106 million people – one in four adults – are experiencing severe overweight. “We are far from being able to guarantee healthy nutrition for the entire population,” says the director of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).
Together with the other UN organizations, she calls for the transformation of the agricultural and food systems “if we want to end hunger and provide a healthy life to people”.