I’ve discussed the effects of the current recession on human rights several times before on this blog. Regarding the right to food (art. 25 of the Universal Declaration), it’s obvious that the economic crisis is having a big impact on those already struggling to feed themselves.
The number of chronically hungry people in the world will rise from 913m in 2008 to 1.02 billion this year, a sixth of the global population, says the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation in its annual report on food insecurity. Food prices that are 17% higher than they were two years ago, and big falls in remittances and investment are contributing to growing hunger. The economic slump has meant a growing share of the world’s population is going hungry, after a steady decline since 1970. And the FAO notes that global food output will have to increase by 70% to feed a population projected at 9.1 billion in 2050. (source)