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Number of Hungry Rises Above 1 Billion

Posted by msrb on October 14, 2009

1 in 6 people hungry!

Our World is Home to More than 1,020,000,000 Hungry People: FAO

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Undernourishment Chart:  1.02 billion

All regions of the world are affected by rising hunger:

  • Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most populous region, has the highest number of hungry people:  642 million
  • Sub‐Saharan Africa has the highest percentage of  undernourishment some 32 percent of the entire population: 265 million
  • Near East and North Africa boast the largest percentage increase in the number of hungry people in the developing world at 13.5 percent : 42 million.
  • Latin America and the Caribbean, has a substantial increase  of 12.8 percent in the number of hungry people: 53 million
  • The developed countries face a growing concern in undernourishment: 15 million

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One of the worst years for the hungry, 2009 is experiencing a significant worsening of an already downward trend in global food security since 1996. In 2009 an additional 100 million people had no access to adequate food, with more than one billion people estimated to be undernourished, FAO  said.

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While the number of hungry people has been increasing since the mid-1990s, the number of undernourished in the world was actually declining in the 1970s and 1980s in spite of relatively rapid population growth during those decades, and the proportion of undernourished in developing countries was declining quite rapidly. During the 1990s and the current decade, however, the number of undernourished has risen, despite the benefit of slower population growth, and the proportion of undernourished increased in 2008.—FAO

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