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After a steady decline for over a decade, global hunger has recently risen again, affecting 815 million people or 11 percent of the world’s population.
Based on United Nations’ (UN) latest report titled “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017,” the increase of 38 million people from a year ago is largely due to the proliferation of civil conflicts, often exacerbated by climate-related catastrophes.
This would put the goal of a world without hunger and malnutrition by 2030 to challenging heights, said the UN.
In 2016 alone, more than 63 million people in 13 countries were said to face “severe levels of food insecurity and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.”
“The weighted average prevalence of undernourishment in the 46 countries affected by conflict for the last decade is on average between 1.4 and 4.4 percentage points higher than for all other countries,” the report read.
This includes the Philippines, where government troops and ISIS-linked Maute Group fought for five months in what is now war-torn Marawi City in Lanao del Sur.