The United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said that the number of hungry people in the world is slightly down but not enough to meet development goals.
This is the summation of a new United Nations report sighted by NaijaAgroNet, which explained that one in eight people worldwide or 842 million, suffers from chronic hunger which marks a decrease from last year’s estimate of 868 million and down from 17 per cent from the early 1990’s.
The report noted that what is on the ground is not low enough to reach the goal world leaders set of reducing the proportion of hungry people in developing nations by half by 2015.
“This goal is close and has been reached in many countries. The target for all developing regions is 12 percent undernourishment by 2015. At the current pace, a figure of 13 percent will be achieved instead. The final percentage point will be the toughest,” said FAO statistician and study author, Piero Conforti.
Conforti said that in sub-Saharan Africa or in Western Asia are more than one country that is really not showing much progress and stressed that it is difficult to tackle those situations where food insecurity is very high.
Conforti pointed out that investments in agriculture and in small-scale agriculture in particular, can make the biggest impact on hunger and poverty reduction.
The FAO report says hunger is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, where progress has been modest. Improvement has been slow in Southern Asia and Northern Africa, and non-existent in Western Asia. Latin America and Eastern and South eastern Asia have seen the most progress
"In the countries where you see food security being really mainstreamed among economic policies and where you see real commitment from government, that is where you see results," the FAO statistician and study author added.
Conforti said the recent economic downturn and food price spikes in recent years had a smaller than expected impact on global hunger, as farmers responded to higher prices by increasing production.
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