Drought / Food Security

Economic crisis is devastating for the world’s hungry

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Number of hungry people "intolerable"

1.02 billion hungry people in 2009 – FAO hunger report published

The sharp spike in hunger triggered by the global economic crisis has hit the poorest people in developing countries hardest, revealing a fragile world food system in urgent need of reform, according to a report released today by FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP).

The combination of food and economic crises has pushed the number of hungry people worldwide to historic levels — more than one billion people are undernourished, according to FAO estimates.

Read more: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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