AN estimated 7 million children across the Philippines currently experience hunger and malnutrition, painting a bleak picture amid rosy economic growth figures. This public health problem is largely driven by inadequate access to nutritious food, lack of nutrition education, and poor health and sanitation services.
A new report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns that progress on food and agriculture-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has stagnated or reversed, due to factors like the Covid-19 pandemic, armed conflicts, inflation, and climate change. The proportion of the world population facing chronic hunger rose from 7.9% in 2015 to 9.2% in 2022, according to FAO estimates. Investment in agriculture has stalled, and there has been no progress in conserving animal genetic resources. However, there have been positive trends in plant genetic resource conservation, water use efficiency, and efforts to combat illegal fishing. Urgent coordinated actions and policy solutions are needed to achieve food and agriculture-related SDG targets, says FAO.