World hunger falls but 805 million still chronically undernourished

16 Sep 2014

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A worker weeding in a nursery in Back Kan, Viet Nam. FAO@PHOTO

Eight hundred and five million or about one in nine people across the world suffer from hunger, a new UN report has found.

However, the number of those who are hungry has declined globally by more than a 100 million over the last decade, the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) confirmed.

The annual report presents updated estimates of undernourishment and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs.

The overall trend in hunger reduction in developing countries means that the MGD of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is possible, the report says.

Meanwhile, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia continue to lag behind despite having the highest number of hungry people.

To date, 63 developing countries have reached that target and six more are on track to reach it by 2015.

The report is published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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