Rate of world hunger dropping: UN
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.