UN body says fewer are suffering from hunger in Asia-Pacific

2015-05-28 12:01


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Bangkok - The UN's food body says the proportion of people suffering from hunger in the Asia-Pacific region has fallen by half in the last 25 years.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation said that using 1990 as a base year, when about 24%  of the population in the region was undernourished, the percentage has been cut to 12%, enabling the region to meet the UN's Millennium Development Goals to halve undernourishment by 2015.

Some of biggest drops came in China, where it fell by 60.9%, and Thailand, where it dropped by 78.7%.

However, some parts of the region, such as South Asia, failed to reach the goal, and in total there are still 490 million people in Asia and the Pacific who suffer from chronic hunger.

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