Why World Hunger Isn’t Going Away As Fast As We’d Hoped

by Nurith Aizenman

Grocery store in Venezuela (Photo: Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Rob Vos has been tracking global hunger for years, and he says until recently the mood among his fellow hunger experts was almost giddy. Since 1990 the world had made so much progress curbing hunger that in 2015, leaders met at the United Nations and vowed to eliminate hunger for good by 2030. For too long, says Vos, the top-line good news has distracted policymakers from the underlying bad news. But he says the declaration of famine in so many countries early this year has helped pierce the bubble.