15.3 mil­lion hun­gry mouths

South Asia con­tin­ues to be home to the largest num­ber of un­der­nour­ished peo­ple

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hosts the largest num­ber of chron­i­cally hun­gry peo­ple: over half a bil­lion. While hunger re­duc­tion tar­gets out­lined in United Na­tions' Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals have been met in East and South­east Asia, progress has been very slow in South Asia. Only 15.3 mil­lion South Asians have over­come hunger since 1990-92, says the fourth State of Food In se­cu­rity in the World re­port pub­lished by the Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion (FAO) of the United Na­tions. FAO says preva­lence of un­der­nour­ish­ment has fallen from 18.7 per cent in 1990-92 to 11.3 per cent in 2012-14 in the world, and from 23.4 per cent to 13.5 per cent in de­vel­op­ing re­gions. But the world still has 805 mil­lion hun­gry peo­ple.

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