Global hunger figures have fallen to 805 million: UN

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16 September 2014

The UN Millennium Development Goals for hunger have already been met in East and South East Asia, and in Latin America and the Caribbean. Sub-Saharan African and Southern and Western Africa are lagging behind.

The number of people in the world without enough to eat fell to 805 million in 2012-14, down from over a billion in 1990-92, three United Nations agencies dealing with nutrition issues said in a joint report Tuesday.

The figures "confirmed a positive trend which has seen the number of hungry people decline globally by more than 100 million over the last decade and by more than 200 million since 1990-92," the 2014 edition of The State of Food Insecurity in the World said.

In 2000, the international community adopted the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including a commitment to halve the proportion of hungry people in the world in the period from 1990 to 2015.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said this was now within reach "if appropriate and immediate efforts are stepped up."

The MDG hunger goal has already been met in East and South East Asia and in Latin America and the Caribbean, they said. The Caucasus and Central Asia should make it by next year, while sub-Saharan Africa and Southern and Western Asia were said to be lagging behind.

Singling out the efforts of seven countries - Bolivia, Brazil, Haiti, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malawi and Yemen - FAO, IFAD and WFP said "accelerated, substantial and sustainable hunger reduction is possible with the requisite political commitment."

In 1990-92, 23.4 per cent of the population in developing countries -equal to 1.01 billion - was hungry. In 2012-14, the proportion had fallen to 13.5 per cent, and was projected to drop to 12.8 per cent in 2015, against an MDG target of 11.7 per cent.

The regions with the highest undernourishment rates were listed as Sub-Saharan Africa (23.8 per cent), the Caribbean (20.1 per cent) and Southern Asia (15.8 per cent). FAO, IFAD and WFP said 65 per cent of the hungry lived in Asia, the world's most populous continent.

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