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Global Hunger Hits Highest in Years as Pandemic Hurts Income

  • Number of hungry rose by 20 million to 155 million last year
  • Outlook for this year remains grim, agencies say in report
People displaced by conflict receive food aid near the conflict zone in Yemen's western province of Hodeida.

People displaced by conflict receive food aid near the conflict zone in Yemen's western province of Hodeida.

Photographer: Khaled Ziad/AFP/Getty Images

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The world faced its worst hunger problem in at least five years in 2020 on the back of the coronavirus crisis, and the outlook remains grim again this year.

Some 155 million people across 55 countries -- more than the population of Russia -- suffered from issues ranging from a food crisis to famine, according to a report with data from more than a dozen agencies. That’s up 20 million from 2019, with economic shocks overtaking extreme weather as the No. 2 cause.