New UN report: Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean rose by 13.8 million people in just one year

The Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2021. ©FAO/Vanessa Olarte

30/11/2021

A joint publication of FAO, IFAD, PAHO/WHO, WFP and UNICEF.

Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is at its highest point since 2000, after a 30 percent increase in the number of people suffering hunger from 2019 to 2020, says a new UN report.

According to the Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2021, in just one year, and in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people living with hunger increased by 13.8 million, reaching a total of 59.7 million people.

The prevalence of hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean now stands at 9.1 percent, the highest it has been in the last 15 years, although slightly below the world average of 9.9 percent. Just between 2019 and 2020, the prevalence of hunger increased by 2 percentage points. 

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