In Ukraine, 9.8 million people suffer from malnutrition, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reports it.
In addition, 1.1 million people are experiencing an acute shortage of food, which is 200,000 more than in the previous assessment period. The second category includes 8.7 million Ukrainians, which is 200,000 less than in 2014-2016. 9.8 million people experiencing food shortages in Ukraine is the worst absolute figure among all European countries. Russia comes next on the list. UNICEF does not provide data on Belarus.
However, as a percentage of the total population, the situation in Albania is the worst among European states. 46.5% of the population is undernourished there. Moldova comes next with 31.7% of the population (1.3 million people). In Ukraine, this problem affects 22.4% of people and about 6.5% in Russia.
Nearly one-tenth of the world population – up to 811 million people went hungry in 2020. After remaining virtually unchanged for five years, world hunger increased last year. Further, it is projected that around 660 million people may still face hunger in 2030, 30 million more people than in a scenario in which the pandemic had not occurred, due to the lasting effects of COVID-19 on global food security.