Statement on the Release of the “State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021” Report

July 13, 2021

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WASHINGTON (July 13, 2021) – The following statement is attributed to Eric Mitchell, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger.

“The Alliance to End Hunger joins the global food security and nutrition community in our alarm and dismay at the rising rates of hunger and malnutrition reported in the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021. The report, also known as the SOFI report, is an annual joint publication of five United Nations agencies: FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP, and WHO.

The report, released on Monday, portrays a grim picture in which a confluence of factors – climate, conflict, political and economic instability, and now the global COVID-19 pandemic – have led to rising hunger for the sixth year in a row. Between 720 million and 811 million people faced hunger in 2020, representing an estimated 18 percent rise in the prevalence of hunger in a single year.

Rising hunger and malnutrition have not impacted everyone the same. The growing impacts of hunger highlight social and economic inequities faced within countries and regions around the world, with women and children affected disproportionately.

We are not on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger by 2030, and the world must commit to prioritizing the eradication of hunger and malnutrition. With the upcoming U.N. Food Systems Summit, Nutrition for Growth summit, and COP 26, the Alliance to End Hunger is urging the Biden Administration to strongly commit to global food security and nutrition through its representation on the global stage, and to lead on these critical issues.

We know what we have to do to end hunger and malnutrition everywhere, but it will take the concerted and unwavering actions at all levels – civil society, communities, companies, governments, and individuals – to ensure that no one goes to bed hungry.”