TIRANA, September 20
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), provides vital insights on the situation of malnutrition in Albania and on the progress done towards the 20130 Agenda for Sustainable Development. One of the key findings of the report confirms a rise in world hunger in recent years after a prolonged decline. According to the data, Albania reflected the same trend. The country has a seen a twofold increase in the number of undernourished people. Currently, the number of undernourished people in Albania reached an estimated 200,000 or twice more than in the previous year.
Based on the report, the prevalence rate of undernourished people over the total population is 5.5 percent. This is the second highest rate in Europe following Serbia that has a 5.6 percent rate.
On the other hand, the report confirms a high prevalence of severe food insecurity in the total population. Meanwhile, the prevalence of obesity in the adult population was reported at the level of 22.3 percent. However, this indicator is lower compared to the rate of other European countries.
Further on, the report says that over 25.3 percent of women in reproductive suffer from anemia.
News Source: FAO
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