Friday, June 19, 2009

1 in 6 People Hungry

It is almost inconceivable that human society can tolerate such a
UN: World hunger reaches the 1 billion people mark


A UN food agency said a record 1.02 billion people are hungry across
the world, or one-sixth of humanity.

The Food and Agriculture Organization said the historic high is the
result of the financial downturn combined with persistently high food

The number of hungry people is about 100 million higher than last

The agency's Director-General Jacques Diouf said the hunger crisis
"poses a serious risk for world peace and security."

The Rome-based FAO said in the report released Friday that almost all
the world's undernourished live in developing countries.

Some 642 million are hungry in the Asia and the Pacific region, and
265 million in Sub-Saharan Africa.