Undernourished people in the world:

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Undernourishment Statistics - sources and methods

The data on undernourishment in the world is provided by FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2010 provides the latest data on world hunger.

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2008 (SOFI) estimated the number of hungry people at 923 million in 2007. With an expected increase of 40 million in 2008, the world was officially estimated to have 963 million malnourished people at the start of 2009. Nearly two-thirds of the world's hungry people live in Asia.

At current rates, the negative record of 1 billion undernourished people would be projected to be reached at the beginning of December 2009.

However, according to confidential information that Worldometers has received, the 1 billion number was actually reached in 2007 and there is currently an estimated 10 million average increase per year (the rate ranges from a low estimate of 6 million to a high one of 16 million).

Therefore, whereas you will read elsewhere that the total number of undernourished people was "nearly 1 billion" as of December 2008 , at Worldometers we are showing that the negative mark of 1 billion has already been surpassed, and we have adjusted our algorithm to reflect the exclusive information we have privately received.

This is an example of when Worldometers is able to provide to its viewers statistical data that is more accurate and timely than even the most recently published official data.

Undernourishment future prospects

World leaders met in 1996 for the World Food Summit (WFS) to discuss ways to end hunger. They pledged their commitment to an ongoing effort to eradicate hunger in all countries and set themselves the immediate target of halving the number of undernourished people by 2015 with respect to the 840 million in 1990-92 (the chosen base period). This means a target of 420 million undernourished people by 2015.

However, hunger has increased as the world has grown richer and produced more food than ever.

At 923 million people, the number of undernourished in 2007 was more than 80 million higher than in 1990–92, making the task of bringing the number of undernourished to 420 million by 2015 more difficult, especially in an environment of high food prices and uncertain global economic prospects.

At the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in 2008, world leaders set a target to cut in half the proportion of those suffering malnutrition by 2015 when compared to 1990-92, when this figure was 20%. The proportion had already decreased to less than 18 percent in 1995–97 and just above 16 percent in 2003–05, so halving the proportion to reach 10% by 2015 would appear much easier to achieve than the halving the number


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