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About 200m fewer hungry people than in 1990: UN

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Published on May 29, 2015 with No Comments

The number of hungry people globally has declined from about one billion 25 years ago to about 795 million today, or about one person out of every nine, despite a surge in population growth, the United Nations reported on Wednesday .

In developing regions, the number of hungry people has fallen to 780 million today , or 12.9% of the population, from 991 million 25 years ago, or 23.3% of the population at the time, according to the United Nations’ annual hunger report, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Program.

Despite the finding that nearly 800 million people in the world remain hungry , the report described the progress made as a significant achievement. It said that 72 of the 129 nations monitored by the Food and Agriculture Organization had achieved the target under the so-called Millennium Development Goals of halving the percentages of hungry people in their populations and that developing regions had missed the target by only a small margin.

 

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