A Steady Diet
Despite progress, hunger persists, especially in conflict zones.
The number of people in the world who are undernourished has dropped to 795 million or one in nine, says the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015.” Economic growth and increased agriculture production have helped, the report says.
However, hunger rates are three times higher in countries experiencing long-term crises due to conflict or natural disasters, like the Central African Republic. Of 24 African countries facing severe food shortages, most have suffered shortages for years because of internal conflicts.
To meet the target of eliminating world hunger by 2030, the FAO report recommends social protection schemes for the most impoverished in developing countries, including cash transfers to poor farmers and free school meals.
Photo©2014 Joelma Pereira/World Vision
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