LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger around the world and improve conditions for peace in areas affected by conflict.
For more than 50 years the WFP has worked to improve food security around the world, but conflict, climate shocks and economic slowdowns mean almost one in 11 people globally still do not have enough to eat.
Here are seven things to know about world hunger:
1. Globally, 690 million people, about 8.9% of the population, go hungry – up by nearly 60 million in five years.
2. The United Nations estimates that over 130 million more people may go hungry in 2020 due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
3. A quarter of the world’s population does not have reliable access to safe and nutritious food. In Africa,