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2020 Food Insecurity

811 million people faced hunger in 2020.

Empty dish to represent 2020 food insecurity

According to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report on 2020 food insecurity from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 811 million faced hunger in 2020; as many as 161 million more than in 2019.

Consider it collateral damage of the pandemic. Nearly 2.37 billion people did not have access to adequate food in 2020, an increase of 320 million people in just 1 year. Regions in Asia and Africa have been hit hardest.

See also: Food Insecurity Is Growing Globally

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award–winning food journalist, dietitian and author of the cookbook Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sport + Adventure (VeloPress 2016). He has written for dozens of magazines, including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.

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