Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Millennium goal on hunger is within reach, but food instability threatens progress

News Brief by Alice Chan

  According to the U.N’s State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 report, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization and affiliated organizations, there is an estimated 870 million people who are starving or undernourished in the world. Data compiled and compared from the last twenty years show signs of decline in the number of malnourished people, as that number has dropped by 132 million people between 1990-2 and 2010-12. Although these results seem to hint success for the U.N. in accomplishing its millennium development goal of reducing the number of hungry people in the world by half by the year 2015, some critics remain alarmed and doubtful. Aid agencies argue that progress on reducing the number of malnourished people has decelerated, which may be influenced by the recent rise in food prices in September, after months of stability. As a result, according to the Global Hunger Index for 2012 report, twenty out of the 120 countries studied in the report face hunger at “alarming” or “extremely alarming” levels. Most of these countries are in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, however the report also addresses the entire world in its recommendation for immediate action: “To feed nine billion people – the projected world population in 2050 – it is clear that more food must be produced with fewer resources, and wasteful practices and policies must be eliminated.” Reference:Arie, Sophie. "BMJ." BMJ. 345.e6961 (2012): n. page. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. .
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