UN targets zero hunger in a generation as numbers fall
ROME - Agence France-Presse
REUTERS PhotoThe number of hungry people around the world has dropped below 800 million for the first time since the U.N. started counting, the Food and Agriculture Organization said in an annual report on May 27.
The Rome-based agency said there are 795 million people around the world suffering from hunger, 216 million fewer than in 1990-92, and that the world was on track to potentially eradicate the problem within the lifetime of today’s young people.
In the developing world, the prevalence of undernourishment has declined to 12.9 percent of the population, down from 23.3 percent a quarter of a century ago, the report found.
A total of 72 out of 129 countries monitored by the FAO have achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the prevalence of undernourishment by this year and developing regions as a whole only missed the objective by a narrow margin.
“The near-achievement of the MDG hunger targets shows us that we can indeed eliminate the scourge of hunger in our lifetime,” said FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva. “We must be the zero hunger generation.”