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World Hunger Drops Nearly 10% in '10


The Wall Street Journal reported today that the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization estimates the global undernourished at 925 million people this year, a drop of 9.6% from last year and the first decline in 15 years. The figure stood at a record-high 1.02 billion in 2009. The FAO credited improving economic situations in very poor countries for the decline but was quick to point to rising grain prices this summer as a reason for continued concern. Over 40% of malnourished people worldwide live in China or India. Africa has the highest prevalence of hunger; in sub-Saharan Africa, 30% of the population is undernourished. The United Nations has set a Millennium Development Goal of decreasing hunger prevalence in the world’s poorest nations by 10% by 2015, but economists fear this goal is unattainable given the world’s current economic status.