September 11, 2018

World Hunger Increases for Third Year in a Row

UN Photo / Tobin Jones

Washington, D.C. – A new report released today by the United Nations states that 821 million people suffered hunger in 2017, or 1 in 9 of the world’s people. After decades of gradual decline, this marks the third year in a row the hunger rate has increased.

According to the report, State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018, conflict and climate change are driving this reversal. See also Bread for the World Institute’s 2017 Hunger Report, Fragile Environments, Resilient Communities on the impact of conflict and climate change. 

“We applaud Congress and USAID administrator Mark Green for their continued commitment to addressing global hunger, and for ensuring that development assistance remains an important component of the U.S. foreign policy and national security strategy,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World.

“We urge the leadership of the House of Representatives to pass the Global Food Security Act. The Trump administration supports the bill, the Senate has already approved it, and a bipartisan list of 130 members of the House have cosponsored it. This legislation would continue successful U.S. programs of assistance to struggling farm families in the world’s poorest countries,” Beckmann added.

The new report notes that the world continues to make progress against child malnutrition, but that more than one-fifth of the children under the age of five in developing countries are stunted. Chronic malnutrition contributes to an early death for millions of children and to irreparable damage to the brains and bodies of those who survive.

Hunger in conflict zones such as Syria, Somalia, and South Sudan requires not only humanitarian aid, but also diplomatic efforts to moderate conflict and agricultural assistance to help farmers struggling with climate change.

The U.S. government’s Feed the Future program provided agricultural assistance to nearly 11 million farmers and nutrition assistance to more than 27 million children last year. But the Global Food Security Act, which authorizes funding for the program, will expire on September 30 unless the House of Representatives acts.

Tools
from our Resource Library

For Education

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Conflict and Fragility Are Hunger Issues

     Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration. Hunger also contributes to conflict. 

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.

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  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

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