Sustained action needed to fight hunger, says UN

By Agencies
October 15, 2009

Targets to cut the number of hungry people in the world will not be met without far greater international effort, the United Nations food agency has warned.

The BBC says that the UN's annual report on global food security confirms that more than one billion people - a sixth of the world's population - are undernourished.

The report is published ahead of World Food Day on Friday 16 October 2009. It says the number of hungry people was growing before the economic crisis, which has made the situation worse.

"No nation is immune and, as usual, it is the poorest countries and the poorest people that are suffering the most," says the annual report of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme.

The FAO says Asia and the Pacific has the largest number of hungry people - 642 million - followed by Sub-Saharan Africa with 265 million.

UN agencies are urging international investment in agriculture and economic safety nets for poorer countries "despite financial constraints faced by governments around the world".

The FAO Director General, Jacques Diouf, is today launching a "toolbox" for helping countries to fight hunger.

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