FAO: Undernourished population halved in many countries

A UN agency has announced that the prevalence of undernourishment decreased across the world during the past 25 years, thanks to the efforts of 72 countries reducing the number of undernourished population within their borders by half. In a press release on Wednesday, the UNand’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the Millennium Development target of halving the number of chronically undernourished people set 25 years ago, has been achieved in 72 countries. and”A majority — 72 out of 129 — of the countries monitored by FAO have achieved the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the prevalence of undernourishment by 2015andhellip 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,and” read the statement. FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva noted in the statement that the goal of and”zero hungerand” across the countries is no dream. The data on the decline of undernourishment was also provided by regional basis. According to the FAO statement: and”The proportion of hungry people in Latin America and the Caribbean has dropped from 14.7 percent to 5.5 percent since 1990. In southern Asia, the prevalence of undernourishment has declined modestly, to 15.7 percent from 23.9 percent. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment in the world — at 23.2 percent, or almost one in every four people.and”

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman