One in four people globally are moderately or severely food insecure and 10 percent of people globally are hungry. Despite the fact that more than enough food is produced to feed the global population, the percent of people experiencing food insecurity is on the rise, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even prior to COVID-19, there was not meaningful progress towards meeting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 2.1—ending hunger and ensuring access for all people to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round. Now the pandemic has made this goal even more challenging. Hunger will not be eradicated by 2030 unless bold actions are taken to accelerate progress, especially actions to address inequality in access to food.
During this presentation organized by Healthy Eating Research and hosted by the Duke Global Health Institute, hunger and food insecurity experts discuss challenges and opportunities in low-and-middle income countries, as well as the U.S., and address maternal and child food insecurity and systems and policy approaches to reduce food insecurity and disparities.