Rate of world hunger drop­ping: UN

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE NUM­BER of the world's chron­i­cally un­der­nour­ished has for the first time dropped be­low the 800 mil­lion mark as an in­creas­ing num­ber of coun­tries hit their Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goal (MDG) tar­gets on hunger, ac­cord­ing to a new United Na­tions re­port. The State of Food In­se­cu­rity in the World 2015 re­port re­veals that the num­ber of hun­gry de­clined to 795 mil­lion—216 mil­lion fewer than in the 1990—1992 bi­en­nium and nearly 100 mil­lion fewer than in 2012.

A ma­jor­ity—72 out of 129—of the coun­tries mon­i­tored have achieved the Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goal tar­get of halv­ing the preva­lence of un­der­nour­ish­ment by 2015, with de­vel­op­ing re­gions as a whole miss­ing the tar­get by a small mar­gin. In ad­di­tion, 29 coun­tries have met the more am­bi­tious goal laid out at the World Food Sum­mit in 1996, when gov­ern­ments com­mit­ted to halv­ing the ab­so­lute num­ber of un­der­nour­ished peo­ple by 2015.

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