There are fewer hungry people in the world than previously thought. But there are worrying trends in Africa and the Near East demonstrating the close links between hunger, food insecurity and conflict. These are main messages from the latest Report on “The State of Food Insecurity in the World” (see reference) published by UN agencies. An AlertNet analysis by Megan Rowling
Using improved data and new methodology, the United Nations estimates there were 868 million undernourished people in the period from 2010 to 2012. For 2007 to 2009, the figure has been revised down to 867 million, showing a stable situation over the past five years. Worrying trends revealed in the report were a nearly 38% rise in hunger in sub-Saharan Africa in the past two decades, and a steep climb in the number of hungry people in the Near East and North Africa that demonstrates the close links between hunger, food insecurity and conflict ...
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