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USDA REPORTS GLOBAL HUNGER HAS INCREASED 32% DURING PANDEMIC
Agri-Pulse reports:



USDA's Economic Research Service, which does an annual assessment of global food security, estimates there are 1.2 billion food-insecure people this year, an increase of 32%, or 291 million people, from 2020.

This means that about 31% of the population in the 76 countries covered by the ERS study aren't getting the 2,100 calories they need on a daily basis. About 72% of the 291-million-person increase was in Asia, with 21% in Africa.

Looking ahead: ERS forecasts that the food-insecure population will drop to 638 million people by 2031 because of improving incomes, stable grain prices and lower population growth.


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