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FAO: Food insecurity and rising costs are expanding the ranks of the hungry

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that rising prices and food insecurity are adding to the ranks of the hungry, particularly in the developing world. According to the FAO, the number of undernourished people in the world rose to 815 million in 2019, up from 777 million in 2015.

The FAO report cites a variety of factors contributing to the rise in food insecurity, including climate change, conflict and displacement, poverty, and rising food prices. Climate change is particularly concerning, as it is expected to reduce agricultural output in the years to come, leading to further food insecurity.

In order to address this global challenge, the FAO is calling for increased investment in agricultural production and sustainable food systems, as well as improved access to food for vulnerable populations. Additionally, the FAO is urging governments to reduce food waste and promote sustainable agriculture practices. Finally, the FAO is calling for increased international cooperation, including through trade agreements, to ensure food security for all.