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We too often hear of summits and conferences on global problems and many times sceptical of their outcome.. so what is FAO's intentions behind this summit. First of all -
Why a World Food Summit in 2009?
The global food insecurity situation has worsened and continues to represent a serious threat for humanity. With food prices remaining stubbornly high in developing countries, the number of people suffering from hunger has been growing relentlessly in recent years.
The global economic crisis is aggravating the situation by affecting jobs and deepening poverty. FAO estimates that the number of hungry people could increase by a further 100 million in 2009 and pass the one billion mark.
What is the Situation of Hunger in Various Countries/Regions ?
Rising hunger is a global phenomenon. In fact, all world regions have been affected by the increase in food insecurity:
- Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most populous region, is home to the largest number of hungry people (642 million).
- Sub‐Saharan Africa has the largest prevalence of undernourishment relative to its population size (32 percent).
- The largest percentage increase in the number of hungry people in the developing world occurred in the Near East and North Africa (+13.5 percent).
- Latin America and the Caribbean, which was the only region in recent years with signs of improvement, also saw a marked increase (+12.8 percent).
- Even in developed countries, undernourishment has become a growing concern.
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