Global hunger figures have fallen – UN

2014-09-16 13:58


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Rome - 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 on 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 Organisation (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".

Highest undernourishment rates

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

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

Read more on:    un  |  fao  |  famine

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.