This report highlights the intensification of the major drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition: conflict, climate extremes and economic shocks, combined with growing inequalities. According to the Report, world hunger rose to as many as 828 million people in 2021 following a sharp upturn in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Severe food insecurity became more prevalent with 11.7% of the global population facing food insecurity at severe levels. In addition, the number of people unable to afford a healthy diet around the world rose by 112 million, to almost 3.1 billion, providing additional evidence that more people were not able to access safe, nutritious, and sufficient food.
UNICEF, July 2022