Globally almost 870 million chronically undernourished - new hunger report

Post date Tuesday, 9 October, 2012 - 14:19

Nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

The vast majority of the hungry, 852 million, live in developing countries -- around 15 percent of their population -- while 16 million people are undernourished in developed countries.

The global number of hungry people declined by 132 million between 1990-92 and 2010-12, or from 18.6 percent to 12.5 percent of the world's population, and from 23.2 percent to 14.9 percent in developing countries - putting the MDG target within reach if adequate, appropriate actions are taken.

Read more from FAO's site here and on WFP's site here.