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State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 (SOFI)

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 (SOFI 2020) report presents the most recent and authoritative estimates of the extent of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition around the world.

This year, the report includes a special focus on transforming food systems for affordable healthy diets. It analyses the cost and affordability of healthy diets around the world, by region and in different development contexts. New analysis is presented on the “hidden” health and climate-change costs associated with our current food consumption patterns, as well as the cost savings if we shift towards healthy diets that include sustainability considerations. The report also offers policy recommendations to transform current food systems and make them able to deliver affordable healthy diets for all – crucial to all efforts to achieve Zero Hunger – SDG2.

Is the world on track to achieve Zero Hunger?

As the 2030 deadline looms, SOFI 2020 gauges whether #ZeroHunger remains achievable. It tracks countries performance and trajectory to offer a tiered assessment of the likelihood of success.

What's new?

  • Higher level of accuracy of the hunger estimates thanks to the availability of fresh data, including new population figures, new food balance sheets and updated household survey data for a range of populous countries, including China;
  • Projections of what the number of undernourished people and several nutrition indicators may look like by 2030 under a continuation of recent trends.
  • Preliminary assessment of COVID-19’s impact on food security, based on the recent global economic outlooks.

The report is presented by the Food and Agriculture Organization on the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the United Nations Children's Fund, World Food Programme and the World Health Organization. SOFI 2020 will be translated into all United Nations languages.

Download SOFI 2020 report here.

Access Webcast recording here and here.

Mr. Maximo Torero, Chief Economist, FAO
United Nations