The 5 Key Takeaways From The Latest Report On World Hunger

According to the latest edition of the annual UN hunger report (The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 – SOFI), the number of hungry people in the world has dropped to 795 million -- 216 million fewer than in 1990-92 -- or around one person out of every nine. Here are five things to remember:

1) About 795 million people are undernourished globally, down 167 million over the last decade, and 216 million less than in 1990–92.

2) For developing regions as a whole, the share of undernourished people in the total population has decreased from 23.3 percent in 1990–92 to 12.9 percent.

3) A total of 72 developing countries out of 129, or more than half the countries monitored, have reached the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1c hunger target.

4) For developing regions as a whole, the two indicators of MDG 1c – the prevalence of undernourishment and the proportion of underweight children under five years of age – have both declined.

5) Economic growth is a key success factor for reducing undernourishment. Enhancing the productivity and incomes of smallholder family farmers is key to progress.

Read the report:
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015