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World Poverty: 1 in 7 Hungry

Posted by terres on December 11, 2008

15 percent of world population, more than 1 in 7 people, are malnourished!

This year 963 million people, about 40 million more than in 2007, have been pushed into hunger primarily due to higher food prices, according to preliminary estimates published by FAO. Even more people could fall deeper into the abyss of poverty and hunger, warns FAO.

If the FAO figures are not underestimated, as the Moderators believe they are, then 15 percent of world population, more than 1 in 7 people, are malnourished!

UN officials say hunger kills a child every 6 seconds.

Undernourishment by country (% of population undernourished)

Vulnerability to hunger is reflected in this map of the global state of undernourishment. Undernourished people are unable to obtain the food they need from production or imports, either because it is not available or because they cannot afford it.  Source: FAO 2000 . Image may be subject to copyright.

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