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Publications - December 2004

SOFI report: increased efforts are needed to halve hunger by 2015

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recently published its annual report on the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2004 (SOFI) informing on progress and setbacks in efforts to reach the goal set by the World Food Summit (WFS) in 1996 and confirmed in 2000 in the first Millennium Development Goal - to halve the number of chronically hungry people in the world by the year 2015.

According to the report, during the 2000-2002 period, some 852 million people worldwide were undernourished compared to the 842 million of the 1999-2001 period. This shows how efforts to reduce chronic hunger in the developing world have fallen far short of the pace required to halve the number of hungry people. The report includes however information on how more than 30 countries, with a total population of over 2.2 billion people, have reduced the prevalence of undernourishment by 25 percent and have made significant progress towards reducing the number of hungry people.

The first section of the report, "Undernourishment around the world", presents the latest estimates of the number of undernourished people along with preliminary calculations of the heavy economic burden imposed by hunger and malnutrition. This year's special feature focuses on the impact of rapid growth of cities and incomes in developing countries on hunger and food security. The "Towards the Summit commitments" section presents examples of issues and actions that are essential to fulfilling the commitments in the WFS Plan of Action and related Millennium Development Goals.

Please download the report by clicking here.