Policy Update

690 million people affected by hunger, says SOFI 2020 report; Germany responds with increased funding for ‘ONE WORLD - No Hunger’ initiative

Citing the newly released report ‘The State of Security and Nutrition in the World 2020’ (SOFI 2020), German Development Minister Gerd Müller has announced budget increases for the special initiative ‘ONE WORLD - No Hunger’ in 2021.

The report presents the latest estimates and trends in food insecurity, malnutrition, and hunger at both the global and regional levels and is jointly produced by the five UN agencies: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO).  

According to this year’s report, 690 million people around the world are hungry, an increase of 10 million in one year and 60 million more than five years ago.

In addition to the €200 million already allocated to food security through the COVID-19 response package, the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) plans to increase funding for the special initiative ‘ONE WORLD - No Hunger’ in 2021, Müller said. The initiative aims to improve the nutrition of 4.6 million people by 2022.

The SOFI 2020 report underscores that the world is not currently on track to eradicate hunger by 2030, a cornerstone of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). If recent trends continue, the number of undernourished people in 2030 will exceed 840 million people. A preliminary assessment in the report further estimates that the pandemic could tip an additional 83 to 132 million people into hunger.

Press release – BMZ (in German)

Report – SOFI 2020