UN: Fewer hungry people in the world despite wars, poverty

The number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million from over a billion a quarter-century ago despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty, the three U.N. food agencies said Wednesday.

Countries in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean showed the most progress in reducing , thanks in part to economic growth that didn't exclude the poor, investments in agriculture and political stability, the agencies said in their annual State of Food Insecurity report.

The report found that a majority of the countries monitored—72 out of 129—have met the U.N.'s ambitious Millennium Development Goals to halve undernourishment by 2015.

"The near-achievement of the MDG hunger targets shows us that we can indeed eliminate the scourge of hunger in our lifetime," said U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's chief, Jose Graziano da Silva.

The agencies said the reduction in hunger and undernourishment came despite , political instability and conflict in much of the developing world—even though the world's population had grown by 1.9 billion people since 1990.

The agencies said improved agricultural productivity, especially by family and small-scale farmers, and better social protection measures like food vouchers or school meal programs had had the most impact in reducing hunger.

Sub-Saharan Africa still had the highest levels of undernourishment in the world: Almost one in four people there don't get enough food to live an active and healthy life. Some West African countries that did invest in agricultural productivity and infrastructure managed to meet the U.N. hunger targets, the report found.

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May 27, 2015
No worries, the UN will "fix" this soon, once their goal of pushing the AGW lie is accomplished.

May 27, 2015
These people want to invent the world in which day live. It seems that they do not like the real world. Ostrich syndrome.

May 28, 2015
"Let us take a look at the global trend in net food production, per person, measured in 2004-2006 international dollars. Here you can see that even taking population growth into account, food production per person is actually increasing:"
"Given that food is more plentiful than ever, what perpetuates the mistaken idea that mass hunger is looming? The failure to realize that human innovation, through advancing technology and the free market, will continue to rise to meet the challenges of growing food demand.

In the words of HumanProgress.org Advisory Board member Matt Ridley, "If 6.7 billion people continue to keep specializing and exchanging and innovating, there's no reason at all why we can't overcome whatever problems face us.""

Will the UN acknowledge that govt had nothing to do with this?

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