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Global hunger grows amid conflict and climate change

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 12 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3893
  1. Melanie Newman
  1. London

Global hunger continued to grow in 2017, ending hopes that its increase in recent years would prove to be short term.

The United Nations’ annual report on world food security in nutrition found that 821 million people—one in nine of the world’s population—were affected by hunger in 2017.1

The rise, from 804 million in 2016, represents the third consecutive year of increase in global hunger after more than a decade of steady decline. The situation is worsening in South America and most African regions.

“The big news is not good news,” said José Graziano da Silva, director general of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, announcing the …

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