Climate change is jeopardizing goals to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030, according to a recent United Nations (UN) report that shows almost 821 million people worldwide did not have enough to eat in 2017, up from 804 million in 2016.
The report indicates that climate-related disasters such as droughts, floods, and storms have doubled in number since the early 1990s, and they cause the most damage to food production of all natural hazards. Persistent conflict and economic downturns also have contributed to the rise in undernourishment over the past 3 years. As these factors reverse gains made in curtailing hunger and malnutrition, they also undermine the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development objective to end hunger and improve nutrition.
Friedrich M. Global Hunger on the Rise as Climate Extremes Increase. JAMA. 2018;320(19):1969. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17909
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: