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Hunger on the rise in Latin America

South America, one of the richest regions in food production, suffered the largest increase in undernourishment
About 42.5 million people were starving on Latin America in 2016 – Photo: Rolex de la Peña/EFE
11/10/2017
13:26
AFP
Santiago de Chile
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Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) warned that hunger is on the rise in Latin America.

Last year, about 42.5 million people were starving on the region (6.6% of the population) did not have food to meet their daily caloric needs, representing an increase of 2.4 million people.

“It will be very difficult for the region to reach Sustainable Development Goal 2 on eradicating hunger and malnutrition by 2030”, said Julio Berdegué, FAO Regional Representative during the presentation of the Panorama of Food Security and Nutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean 2017.

South America, one of the richest regions in food production, suffered the largest increase in undernourishment, from 5% to 5.6% while in the Caribbean hunger still has the highest rate of the region with 17.7%.

Undernourishment and starvation in the region "are mainly related to economic decline, rising unemployment rates, low minimum wage and the deterioration of social security," FAO Director-General José Graziano explained in the presentation.

Regarding specific countries, the worst situation is presented by Haiti, where almost 47% of its population suffers from starvation representing about 5 million people, while Venezuela is the country with the highest undernourishment increase from 2.8 million in 2015 to 4.1 million.

On the bright side, Colombia reduced the number of people starving in the country from 3.7 million to 3.4 million in the same period.

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