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  • on 02.07.2014
  • at 05:00 PM
  • by Kevin Hind

A world without hunger is possible 0

There are 173 million fewer people suffering from hunger than in 1990. Will we see the end of world hunger?

World hunger seems to be one of the facts of life, destined never to change, and therefore never to be an issue, recalled only when an African child appears on the brochure of a humanitarian organisation.

The figures seem to confirm this: almost one in eight people in the world does not have enough to eat. In all, there are 842 million people in the poorer countries of Africa and southern Asia. Compared to 1990, there are 173 million fewer people, in spite of the fact that the world’s population has increased from 5.5 billion to nearly 7 billion, thanks in particular to the extraordinary economic growth in China and India. But the FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, predicts that – without any special effort – there will be just short of 300 million people in 15 countries in 2050 still suffering from starvation.

This special effort is called the Zero Hunger Challenge, and the United Nations is showcasing it to Expo Milano 2015 and governments and development agencies throughout the world. The announcement was made on 4 April in Rome by the FAO, IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) and WFP (World Food Programme). The message is clear: “Hunger can be eliminated over the period of a generation.”

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