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Hand in Hand Initiative (HIHI): An Update on an initiative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
8 Apr 2021 -  Hard-won progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS is being eroded slowly but significantly.

Nearly 690 million people were estimated to be chronically undernourished in 2019, up by nearly 60 million in five years. While the prevalence of undernourishment was at 8.9 percent globally in 2017-2019, it reached 23 percent in LDCs, 20 percent in LLDCs and 16 percent in SIDS.

The world, and LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS, are off track to reach SDG2 by 2030. And millions more are in danger of being pulled back into extreme poverty and hunger: the economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to add between 83 and 132 million people to the total number of undernourished in the world.

With this in mind, FAO launched the Hand-in-Hand (HIH) Initiative in 2019 as a key accelerator of progress to achieve the SDGs. Hand-in-Hand is an evidence-based, country-led, country owned programme to eradicate poverty (SDG1) and end hunger and all forms of malnutrition (SDG2).

Co-organized by the FAO and the UN Office for the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), in collaboration with the Chairs of the LDC Group, LLDC Group and of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)