ROME, September 16 (RIA Novosti) - The number of hungry people in the world has dropped by 100 million over the last 10 years, but one in nine are still undernourished, a report by the United Nations said Tuesday.
“The latest FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization of UN] estimates indicate that global hunger reduction continues: about 805 million people are estimated to be chronically undernourished in 2012–14, down more than 100 million over the last decade, and 209 million lower than in 1990–92,” the report entitled “State of Food Insecurity in the World” said.
To date, 63 developing countries have reached the goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people, and six more are on track to reach it by 2015, according to the report.
“This is proof that we can win the war against hunger and should inspire countries to move forward, with the assistance of the international community as needed," the heads of FAO and two other UN food agencies wrote in their foreword to their joint report.
They stressed that accelerated, substantial and sustainable hunger reduction is possible with the requisite political commitment, and that "this has to be well informed by sound understanding of national challenges, relevant policy options, broad participation and lessons from other experiences."