Hunger Declines as One-in-Nine Seen Chronically Underfed

World hunger fell in the past four years, with about 805 million people estimated to be chronically underfed in the 2012-14 period from 841 million in 2008-10, the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization said.

About one-in-nine people still go hungry, with insufficient food for a healthy and active life, from one-in-eight in 2008-10, it said. A goal set in 2000 of reducing the proportion of undernourished people in the world by half in 2015 “is within reach,” according to the report.

Strong economic growth in Asia as well as Africa is raising living conditions there, the United Nations’ Rome-based agency wrote in a report today. Seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world are in Africa, the FAO wrote.

“Access to food has improved fast and significantly in countries that have experienced rapid overall economic progress, notably in eastern and south-eastern Asia,” the FAO said. “Access is still a challenge in sub-Saharan Africa, where income growth has been sluggish, poverty rates have remained high and rural infrastructure remains limited.”

People living in hunger account for about 11.3 percent of the global population, the report showed, down from 12.1 percent in 2008-10 and 18.7 percent in 1990-92.

The number of hungry people in the world has dropped by more than 100 million in the past decade and is down by about 209 million from the 1990-92 period, according to the FAO.

Undernourishment in developing countries fell to an estimated 13.5 percent of the population in the most recent three-year period, from an estimated 23.4 percent in 1990-92, the FAO wrote.

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