Mozambique is a vast country endowed with rich natural resources. Owing to a prolonged and devastating civil war, these resources have not yet been fully exploited and, despite impressive economic growth in the last ten years, 54 percent of the population continues to live below the poverty line and more than one-third is food-insecure; almost half of all children are chronically malnourished. Natural disasters and low agricultural productivity have contributed to persistent poverty and food insecurity. Mozambique is ranked 165th out of 169 countries in the 2010 Human Development Report, and the average life expectancy is just 48 years. Progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals has been uneven.