The latest UN report shows hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is at its highest point since 2000, after a 30-percent increase in the number of people suffering from hunger from 2019 to 2020.
According to the Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2021, the number of people living in hunger increased by 13.8 million, reaching a total of 59.7 million people worldwide.
Amongst them, those in Latin America and the Caribbean make up 9.1 percent, the highest it has been in the last 15 years.
The report cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the main reason behind the rise, but noted that hunger has been on the increase since 2014.
The International Fund for Agriculture Development called for urgent measures to counter the deep vulnerabilities in the food systems, by making them more inclusive and sustainable.