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UN Hunger Report: Almost 870 Million are Undernourished Worldwide

October 10, 2012

According to the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 (SOFI), a report jointly published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012. The vast majority of this figure or roughly around 852 million, live in developing countries while 15 percent or around 16 million people are undernourished in developed countries. The global number of hungry people declined by 132 million between 1990-92 and 2010-12, or from 18.6 percent to 12.5 percent of the world's population, and from 23.2 percent to 14.9 percent in developing countries - putting the MDG target within reach if adequate, appropriate actions are taken. The number of hungry declined more sharply between 1990 and 2007 than previously believed. Since 2007-2008, however, global progress in reducing hunger has slowed and leveled off.

See FAO's news release at