Hunger on the Rise
Finance & Development, March 2010, Volume 47, Number 1
….Number of hungry people tops one billion……….
Available online at: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2010/03/picture.htm
“……World hunger spiked sharply in 2009, significantly worsening an already disappointing trend in global food security since 1996. The combination of food and economic crises has pushed the number of hungry people worldwide to historic levels. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that 1.02 billion people were undernourished in 2009—about 100 million more than in 2008. As a result, reaching the World Food Summit target and the Millennium Development Goal for hunger reduction looks increasingly out of reach…..”
The State of
Economic crises – impacts and lessons learned
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
PDF [61p.] at: ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/012/i0876e/i0876e.pdf
“…….This report highlights the fact that, even before the food crisis and the economic crisis, the number of hungry people had been increasing slowly but steadily. With the onset of these crises, however, the number of hungry people in the world increased sharply.
As a result of the global economic crisis, developing countries are facing declines in remittances, export earnings, foreign direct investment and foreign aid, leading to loss of employment and income. This loss of income is compounded by food prices that are still relatively high in the local markets of many poor countries.
As a result, poor households have been forced to eat fewer meals and less-nutritious food, cut back on health and education expenses,
and sell their assets.
Despite the financial constraints faced by governments around the world, agricultural investment and safety nets remain key parts of an effective response to reduce food insecurity both now and in the future…..”
Undernourishment around the world
Hunger has been on the rise for the past decade
The global economic crisis: another blow to the food-insecure and vulnerable
Transmission of the economic crisis to the developing countries
Quantifying the food security impacts of the economic crisis
Coping mechanisms of the poor and food-insecure
Case studies of countries affected by the economic crisis
Towards eliminating hunger
The importance of investing in agriculture and public goods
Safety nets for the short term and long term
The right to food
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