UN agencies released the 2020 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI), which delivers several urgent warnings: globally, hunger continues to rise, undernutrition persists, and overweight and obesity are growing in all regions—all this already before the COVID-19 crisis began.
Additional highlights from this week’s Compact2025 News in Brief include:
- In a new comprehensive program, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling for an initial US $1.2 billion to prevent a global food emergency during and after the COVID-19 crisis.
- The 45th edition of UNSCN Nutrition examines the complexity of the digital world for improved nutrition. The report details opportunities and risks for digital technologies to impact nutrition and considers among other things a range of food-system perspectives, including food production and distribution, digital food marketing and retail, behavior change and capacity-building, and social media.
- Analysis by FAO and World Food Programme (WFP) identifies 27 countries that are facing an impending COVID-19-driven food crises, as the pandemic's impacts aggravate pre-existing drivers of hunger.