120 million ravenous in Brazil, Marina mentioned, correcting herself later

The Minister delivered the assertion on Monday (16/jan), in Davos; the subsequent day, he was speaking about 33 million Brazilians (and never 120 million) – the info comes from an imprecise examine primarily based on 8 questions

The Minister of Setting and Local weather Change, Marina Silva, corrected herself after saying that 120 million individuals famine in Brazil. The declaration was delivered on Monday (16/jan/2023), in a panel on the World Financial Discussion board, in Davos (Switzerland).

However the subsequent day, Marina mentioned that 33 million Brazilians was ravenous.

Right here is the assertion:

  • January 16, 2023“The world is out of steadiness. In my nation there’s 120 million hungry individuals. Now we have come off the Starvation Map and now we’ve got 33 million individuals dwelling on lower than US$1 a day. Sustainability isn’t solely financial, not solely environmental, but additionally social and political”;
  • January 17, 2023“A authorities [o de Lula] who will face the issue of social inequality as a result of we’ve got 33 million Brazilians are hungryhowever one that can reach creating a brand new cycle of prosperity”.

Watch the video beneath the place Marina quotes 2 numbers (1 minute13 seconds):

Figures cited by Marina Silva on Tuesday (17/jan/2023) are from a examine launched in June 2022 – learn full textual content (19 MB). In line with information collected by Rede Penssan (Brazilian Analysis Community on Meals and Diet Sovereignty and Safety), 33 million individuals are in a state of affairs insecurity critical eat in Brazil – perceive the ideas beneath.

Nevertheless, the Penssan Community survey didn’t measure the variety of occasions the interviewed people went hungry within the final 3 months resulting from lack of cash. Which means that somebody who admits to going hungry as soon as previously 90 days would even be equal to somebody who went hungry day-after-day for a similar interval resulting from an absence of monetary sources.

HI Poder360 approached Marina Silva to ask if she wished to touch upon the episode on Davos. By means of his enchantment, the minister knowledgeable that he would ship an official be aware. Till this textual content was printed, the be aware had not been despatched. The room remains to be open and might be up to date.


In line with the Ebia (Brazilian Meals Insecurity Scale), which is utilized by the Penssan Community and IBGE, meals insecurity is when an individual doesn’t have common entry to meals. It’s divided into 3 ranges: gentle, medium and heavy.

  • Lamp – when there’s concern or uncertainty about future entry to meals, aside from a discount within the high quality of meals enough in order to not sacrifice amount;
  • at present – when there’s a quantitative discount in meals consumption amongst adults and/or a change in weight loss program;
  • grave – in case of consuming dysfunction, resulting from lack of meals amongst all family members, together with youngsters. In line with its scale, on this state of affairs individuals reside by starvation.

There are additionally ranges meals security, which is when households have fixed and everlasting entry to enough quantities of high quality meals. Learn extra within the desk beneath:


Desk taken from IBGE September 2020 presentation (full – 1 MB) on household budgets and meals safety


To measure “Brazil meals insecurity scale”, the Penssan examine was primarily based on responses to eight questions posed by researchers. Every affirmative reply represents 1 level. Subsequently, the size ranges from 0 to eight factors.

The upper the rating, the extra extreme the situation of the respondent. Learn beneath:

  • 0 – meals safety;
  • 1-3 – gentle meals insecurity;
  • 4-5 – average meals insecurity;
  • 6-8 – extreme meals insecurity.

The survey doesn’t use an earnings database. It focuses on the consuming routines of the interviewees primarily based on their expertise in “final three months”. Of the 8 questions, just one mentions the time period “fomes”. This is what was requested:

Within the final three months, was there any family member aged 18 years and over who was hungry however did not eat as a result of there was no cash to purchase meals?

Learn beneath that are the 8 questions on which this analysis relies to inform what number of Brazilians are at present in a state of affairs of extreme meals insecurity:

  • 1 – Prior to now three months, was the family apprehensive that meals would run out earlier than they might purchase or obtain extra meals?
  • 2 – Within the final three months, did meals run out earlier than the occupants of this family might purchase extra meals?
  • 3 – Over the previous three months, has this family run out of cash to eat wholesome and diverse?
  • 4 – Prior to now three months, has this family solely eaten the few sorts of meals it nonetheless has, why is the cash all gone?
  • 5 – Within the final three months, was there a family member aged 18 years and over who didn’t eat as a result of there was no cash to purchase meals?
  • 6 – Within the final three months, has anybody within the family aged 18 and over ever eaten lower than they need to as a result of there was no cash to purchase meals?
  • 7 – Within the final three months, was there any family member aged 18 years and over who was hungry however did not eat as a result of there was no cash to purchase meals?
  • 8 – Within the final three months, was there any family member aged 18 years and over who ate solely as soon as a day or didn’t eat a full day as a result of there was no cash to purchase meals?

The reply decisions for the 8 questions are: sure, no or do not know/do not reply.


Opposition politicians to Lula’s authorities used their profiles on social networks to ridicule the minister’s speech.

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