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High-level briefing on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World and on the State of Food and Agriculture
6 Nov 2018 -  High-level briefing by the Principals of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World and on the State of Food and Agriculture.

After years of progress, evidence shows that hunger is on the rise again. The 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI), published by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, reports that the number of people who suffer from hunger has been growing over the past three years, rising to nearly 821 million in 2017 and returning to levels from almost a decade ago. Conflict, climate variability and extremes, economic slowdowns are the main drivers behind this increase in hunger. In addition, hunger is extensive even in countries or contexts not affected by conflict, climate extremes or economic downturns, where extreme poverty, marginalization and inequality prevent access by everyone to nutritious diets. And, as alarming as the rise in hunger is, we are now witnessing multiple forms of malnutrition. Obesity rates are going up in all regions of the world and also affecting developing countries with impacts on health, well-being and economies.