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Global hunger to rise in 2021 due to income losses from Covid-19 pandemic

291 million people won't have enough to eat in 2021, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

The large-scale human suffering that’s driven by hunger is reaching new depths of bleakness
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The large-scale human suffering that’s driven by hunger is reaching new depths of bleakness

Mike Dorning | Bloomberg
Global hunger will surge by about a third this year, driven by lingering income losses from the pandemic, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
 
The department’s annual assessment of food security in 76 middle- and low-income nations that are past or current recipients of US food aid estimates an additional 291 million people in those countries won’t have enough to eat in 2021. That comes on top of a huge spike in hunger last year as the pandemic unleashed economic distress.

The United Nations earlier this month estimated global food insecurity in 2020 had already hit the highest level

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First Published: Jul 30 2021 | 11:41 AM IST

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