Near East and North Africa regional overview of food security and nutrition

  • 16/12/2021
  • FAO

Hunger in the Arab region continues to rise, with a 91.1 percent increase since 2000, says a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The 2021 Near East and North Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition shows that the number of hungry people in the region reached 69 million people in 2020, triggered by protracted crises, social unrests and exposure to multiple shocks and stresses such as conflicts, poverty, inequality, climate change, scarce natural resources and the economic repercussions associated with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. According to the report, nearly one third of the region’s population, accounting for 141 million people, experienced moderate or severe food insecurity in 2020, a more than 10 million increase from the previous year.

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