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UN says 155 million people faced severe hunger last year

At least 155 million people faced acute hunger in 2020, including 133,000 who needed urgent food to prevent widespread death from starvation -- and the outlook for 2021 is equally grim or worse, a report by 16 organizations said Wednesday.

A woman walks past a sign at the entrance of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), in Rome, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The WFP has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe. The announcement was made Friday in Oslo by Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Nobel Committee. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Gregorio Borgia

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