Society

Hunger up two-thirds in Brazil over the last ten years

A recent FAO report shows just how badly Brazil's fight against hunger has dwindled in the last decade, amid the pandemic, economic woes, and a dearth of public policy

hunger People in Rio de Janeiro scavenge for food in a garbage truck. Photo: Onofre Veras/TheNews2/Folhapress
People in Rio de Janeiro scavenge for food in a garbage truck. Photo: Onofre Veras/TheNews2/Folhapress

Social media in Brazil burns through a new cause célèbre on more or less a daily basis, but one controversy from last week spoke directly to the heart of the country’s persistent and mounting social and financial inequalities.

In a column for newspaper O Globo, entitled “Rio de Janeiro is still beautiful,” publicist Washington Olivetto told the story of his son’s recent vacation to Brazil’s second-largest city, during which Mr. Olivetto sought to “undo the terrible image” the country suffers from abroad.

Indeed, Rio de Janeiro has never stopped being “beautiful” for the wealthy. Mr. Olivetto pompously described his...

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