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Global Health
November 20, 2018

Global Hunger on the Rise as Climate Extremes Increase

JAMA. 2018;320(19):1969. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17909

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.