Asia and the Pacific regional overview of food security and nutrition 2020

• Report tracks progress towards SDG 2 and World Health Assembly targets on nutrition in Asia and Pacific region.

Key findings:

• Achieving the SDGs- Progress on food security and nutrition has slowed, and region is not on track to achieving 2030 targets.

• Around 1.9 billion people in region cannot afford a healthy diet.

• Diet is considered unaffordable if costs exceed 63% of a person’s income.

• Impact of a poor diet is most severe in first 1,000 days of human life.

• India, just 42% of children aged 6-23 months are fed the required number of times per day.

• Report highlighted changing face of malnutrition, with highly processed and inexpensive foods.

• Such food items lack vitamins and minerals and also increase risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

• Because of COVID-19, a 14.3% increase in the prevalence of moderate or severe wasting among children under 5 years of age is predicted.

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Mains Paper 2: International

Prelims level: Asia and the Pacific regional overview of food security and nutrition 2020

Mains level: Key Findings of the report

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