Hunger strikes 842 million people between 2011-2013

12 percent of the global population were unable to meet their dietary energy requirements in 2011-2013.

Hunger strikes 842 million people between 2011-2013

World Bulletin/News Desk

A total of 842 million people arround the globe were estimated to be suffering from hunger in the period between 2011 and 2013 according to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Arround one in eight people in the world were estimated to be suffering from chronic hunger and regularly not getting enough food to conduct an active life in 2011-2013 according to a report on the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 published by FAO.

This figure is lower than the 868 million reported for the period of 2010-12. The total number of undernourished people has fallen by 17 percent since 1990-92.

Africa remains the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment, where more than one in five people are estimated to be undernourished, with modest progress in recent years.

Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment while Western Asia shows no progress and while southern Asia and Northern Africa show slow progress.

Significant reductions in both the estimated number and prevalence of undernourishment have occurred in most countries of eastern and south eastern Asia, as well as in Latin America.

 “Growth can raise income and reduce hunger, but higher economic growth may not reach everyone. It may not lead to more and better jobs for all, unless policies specifically target the poor, especially those in rural areas,” says the report.

 "It is clear that the ways in which food is managed today are failing to result in sufficient improvements in nutrition. The most shocking fact is that over 840 million people still suffer from hunger today, despite the fact that the world already produces enough food for all, and wastes one-third of it" said José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO in  Rome, at a preparatory meeting for a major conference in 2014. 

"But that is only part of the story. Today, over half of the world's population is affected by some form of malnutrition, be it hunger, micronutrient deficiencies or excessive consumption", he added.

Last Mod: 14 Kasım 2013, 15:08
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