Global Hunger Declines but Still Alarmingly High
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Washington, DC, September 15, 2010
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New figures show that the number of hungry people in the world has dropped below 1 billion, but still remains unacceptably high. A report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) indicates that 925 million people will suffer from chronic hunger in 2010, compared to 1.02 billion last year.
“It is an achievement that 98 million fewer people suffer from chronic hunger in the world, but the number is still far higher than it was in 2000, when the international community agreed to a set of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)—among them to halve hunger and extreme poverty,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “We are not making progress toward the goal of halving hunger. I hope this issue will be front and center when world leaders gather at next week’s MDG Summit. We need to redouble our efforts by helping poor farmers produce more food, addressing malnutrition among young children, and making our foreign aid more effective.”
The figures are from “The State of Food Insecurity in the World,” a report published by FAO and the World Food Programme. The report indicates that two-thirds of the world's undernourished people live in just seven countries—Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan.
“The State of Food Insecurity in the World” will be released in October.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Acting Manager for Media Relations, 202-688-1118