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Interactive graphic: Global hunger

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The number of undernourished people in the world has increased at a constant rate for a decade and continued into the 2004-06 reporting period. Although advancements in reducing chronic hunger were made in the 1980s and early 1990s, the number of hungry people increased between 1995–97 and 2004–06 in many regions around the world.

The economic crisis has worsened the situation substantially and as result little progress has been made towards reaching the United Nations’ hunger reduction target, which is to reduce, between 1990–92 and 2015, the number of undernourished people by half.

Food aid alone is not viewed as a sustainable solution to hunger, however it has played a vital humanitarian role. The rise in the cost of food put a strain on food aid programmes in recent years as the number of people in need increased while the amount of food that could be purchased with fixed budgets has been reduced. This year’s summit focused more on development assistance to agriculture as opposed to food aid investment.

For more data and graphs, visit the UN food security summit website.

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