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12 July 2021

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 (SOFI)

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 (SOFI 2021) report presents the first evidence-based global assessment of chronic food insecurity in the year the COVID-19 pandemic emerged and spread across the globe.

Photo: Kabita Darlami / Unsplash.

The SOFI 2021 report will focus on complementary food system solutions that address the key drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition, i.e. conflict, climate variability and extremes, economic slowdowns and downturns, and COVID-19, and that ensure access to affordable healthy diets for all. It will look in-depth at six transformative pathways to achieve this, drawing upon best practices and lessons learned from around the world.

Is the world on track to achieve Zero Hunger?

Well before the COVID-19 pandemic, the world was already not on track to ending world hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030. The COVID-19 pandemic, and the measures to restrain it have dramatically magnified and increased these challenges. We are now at a critical moment in time that requires new food system approaches and urgent actions at scale to get back on track towards achieving SDG-2 and other SDGs.

What’s new?

  • The first comprehensive assessment of the state of hunger and food insecurity for 2020 based on fresh data collected around the world in a year heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Projections of what the number of undernourished people may look like in 2030 that attempt to account for the estimated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hunger in 2020 and the projected economic recovery in 2021.
  • Updated estimates for several nutrition indicators and projections to 2030.
  • Updated estimates of the cost and affordability of a healthy diet.
  • Synthesis understanding of the major drivers behind the global food security and nutrition trends, but framed around food systems thinking.

The report is presented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization. SOFI 2021 will be translated into all United Nations official languages.

The SOFI 2021 launch will happen during the High-level political Forum 2021 under the Auspices of ECOSOC, held from Tuesday, 6 July to Thursday, 15 July. The HLPF will discuss ways to ensure a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 that puts us on track to realise the 2030 Agenda. The theme will be “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.

Click here for more information about the forum.


From 12 July 2021 at 18:00 to 12 July 2021