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World hunger falls but 805 million still chronically undernourished

Published:Wednesday | September 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM

While the number of hungry people globally has declined by more than 100 million over the last 10 years - and by more than 200 million since 1990-92 - about 805 million across the world still suffer from hunger. This was revealed in the most recent report from the United Nations.

Despite this, the overall trend in hunger reduction in developing countries means that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is within reach "if appropriate and immediate efforts are stepped up", according to the report, which was released on Tuesday.

Published annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme, the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 says 63 developing countries have reached the MDG target, with six more on track to reach it by 2015.

Despite this progress, marked differences across regions persist, with Latin America and the Caribbean having made the greatest overall progress in increasing food security, with modest progress in sub-Saharan African and Western Asia, which have been afflicted by natural disasters and conflict.

In fact, the report singles out Haiti as one regional nation where more than half the population is chronically undernourished, as it struggles to recover from the effects of the devastating 2010 earthquake.