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Food Security and Nutrition 2023 Report

Why is it in the news?

  • The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released the “Asia Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2023: Statistics and Trends” report, highlighting the concerning state of food security and nutrition in the region.


About the Report

  • Aim is to inform stakeholders about progress towards ending hunger, achieving food security, and improving nutrition.
  • Provides insights into the progress in meeting Sustainable Development Goals and World Health Assembly (WHA) Global Nutrition Targets 2025.


Key Findings of the Report

  • During the pandemic and the “5Fs” crisis (food, feed, fuel, fertiliser, and finance), the Asia Pacific region faced troubling statistics.
  • About half of the world’s undernourished people live in the Asia-Pacific region, with more women than men experiencing food insecurity.
  • Southern Asia has the highest prevalence of undernourishment at 15.6 percent.



Affordability of Healthy Diet74% (76.2% in 2020)
Undernourished Population16.6%
Stunting (Children under 5)31.7%
Wasting (Children under 5)18.7% (highest in the region)
Overweight (General Population)2.8%
Low Birth Weight27.4% (highest in the region)
Anaemia in Women (15-49 years)53% (2019) (largest in the region)
Exclusive Breastfeeding (0-5 months)63.7% (compared to the world average of 47.7%)

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