With 122 million more people hungry in 2022 than in 2019, the latest UN State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report highlights that the world is regressing in its goal to end world hunger by 2030. The report highlights that there has been a deterioration in nutrition goals since the outbreak of the pandemic, with around 700 million people (compared to 579 million in 2019) not having enough to eat and a further 3 billion unable to afford a healthy diet.
The authors identify three drivers of this regression, conflict-driven disruption, climate extremes and economic hardship exacerbated by the pandemic. The report also highlights the effect of urbanisation on the agrifood system. With as many as 70 percent of the world's population expected to live in cities by 2050, the report emphasises the need to understand how this will affect food security and nutrition goals.