UN: Number of hungry people rises to 963 million

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 9, 2008

News release: “Another 40 million people have been pushed into hunger this year primarily due to higher food prices, according to preliminary estimates published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) today. This brings the overall number of undernourished people in the world to 963 million, compared to 923 million in 2007 and the ongoing financial and economic crisis could tip even more people into hunger and poverty, FAO warned…The vast majority of the world’s undernourished people – 907 million – live in developing countries, according to the 2007 data reported by the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2008. Of these, 65 percent live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia. Progress in these countries with large populations would have an important impact on global hunger reduction.”

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