People who are malnourished are often hungry, meaning they don’t have enough to eat for a normal, healthy and active life for a period of at least a year. This condition is especially severe for children, with side effects that can be permanent.
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Nearly 10% of all on Earth – an estimated 768 million of us – will be malnourished by 2020 as COVID-19 pandemic destroying economies, labor markets and supply chains and food prices rose. According to the latest edition of a annual food security report from the UN, the overall rate has increased by an additional 118 million people from 2019, when 8.4% of the world’s population is malnourished.
People who malnourished always hungry, meaning they don’t have enough to eat for a normal, healthy and active life for a period of at least a year. This situation is especially severe for children, with effects that may be permanent.
Malnutrition is more prevalent and grows most rapidly on small incomes countries, such as Yemen, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi. Very few people in affluent places like Germany, Canada and Australia have met the UN Food and Agriculture Organization standards for malnutrition.
Many years of progress to reduce this problem around the world has waned, beginning in 2014. Unfortunately, in addition to the ongoing economic problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic, famine is about to come in many places. As a result, prospects for a full -fledged economic rebound in the world’s poorest countries remain vulnerable until the summer of 2021.
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Even many people have experienced moderate or severe food insecurity, means that they don’t always have access to the food they need per day.
More than 30% of the world’s population Faced with that situation in 2020, up from 26.6% in 2019, the UN found.
People who have experienced hunger for many years as children likely to die before reaching maturity. Those who survive can be in the face of numerous health and mental deficits going on with their lives.
Because if children are malnourished, they can be described as “stunted,” which means their brains and bodies do not grow to their full potential. Stunting can affect a person’s ability to pay attention, do a lot of activity and control their mood. Reducing the worldwide spread of hunger among children is an even more urgent priority because, unfortunately, the possibility of recovery from nutritional deficiencies decreased over time.
The International Labor Organization estimates that workers around the world have lost the equivalent of an estimated 255 million full-time jobs in 2020, made the economic impact of the pandemic far greater than the shocking causes of the 2009 financial crisis.
However, as hunger increases before 2020, an end to simple coronavirus disease is unlikely to reverse this trend.
What’s more, while the effects of climate change, crops have sensitive to heat and severe weather events definitely hit.
If there are not enough steps to slow down the pace of climate change and adapt to the damage that has already been done, I was scared that it can grow even faster to sharply reduce the number of people who do not have enough to eat.
Originally published on The Speech.
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