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FAO Reports Worldwide Hunger Levels Improved, Yet Still Staggering
On September 14, in Rome, Italy, the United National Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that, although reduced by 98 million in 2009, 925 million are still suffering from chronic hunger worldwide.
“With a child dying every six seconds because of undernourishment related problems, hunger remains the world’s largest tragedy and scandal,” said FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf. “This is absolutely unacceptable.”
“It is time to tackle the root causes of food insecurity by adopting lasting political, economic, financial and technical solutions,” Diouf added.
With nearly a billion people still struggling with hunger and estimates of Earth’s population surpassing 9 billion by 2050, increasing agricultural productivity through the application of new, science-based technologies, ramping up investment into agricultural research in both developing and developed countries, and streamlining international trade will be critical.
The new hunger figure is contained in the annual report, “The State of Food Insecurity in the Word” (SOFI), to be jointly published by FAO and World Food Programme (WFP) in October, 2010.