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Contents

About this report
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Foreword

    Towards the World Food Summit and Millennium Development Goal targets: food comes first

Undernourishment around the world
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    Counting the hungry: long-term trends in the developing world
    Economic growth and hunger reduction
    The role of governance in hunger reduction
    Hunger hot spots: the complex impact of natural disasters

Towards the Summit commitments
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    Education and undernourishment: the virtuous cycle of feeding bodies and minds
    Gender equality and the empowerment of women: keys to progress in reducing poverty and hunger
    Reducing hunger, saving childrens lives
    Improving maternal health and breaking the cycle of poverty, hunger and malnutrition
    Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis: the role of undernutrition as both symptom and cause
    Improving environmental sustainability and food security by empowering the rural poor
    Increased aid and more equitable trade: keys to forging a global partnership for development
    The way ahead: shifting into forward gear on the twin-track approach to the WFS and MDG goals

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Acknowledgements

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2005 was prepared as a collaborative effort within FAO led by the Economic and Social Department (ES).

Overall leadership was provided by Hartwig de Haen, Assistant Director-General, ES, assisted by Prakash Shetty, Chief of the Nutrition Planning, Assessment and Evaluation Service (ESNA), who served as chair of the core technical team. Valuable conceptual and editorial assistance was provided by Andrew Marx.

Other members of the core technical team in the ES Department were: Kostas Stamoulis, Agricultural and Development Economics Division; Ali Arslan Gurkan, Commodities and Trade Division; Jorge Mernies, Statistics Division.

The following FAO staff provided technical contributions: Josef Schmidhuber, Global Perspective Studies Unit (ES); Jakob Skoet, Office of the Assistant Director-General (ES); Haluk Kasnakoglu, Ricardo Sibrian, Amanda Gordon, Cinzia Cerri and Seevalingum Ramasawmy, Statistics Division (ES); Gero Carletto, Marcella Vigneri and Carlo Azzarri, Agricultural and Development Economics Division (ES); Gina Kennedy and Frank Martinez-Nocito, Food and Nutrition Division (ES); Mark Smulders, FIVIMS Coordination Unit (ES); Alexander Sarris, Henri Josserand and Harmon Thomas, Commodities and Trade Division (ES); Marcela Villareal, Gabriel Rugalema and Yianna Lambrou, Gender and Population Division (Sustainable Development Department [SD]); Lavinia Gasperini, Mirella Salvatore and Jeff Tschirley, Research, Extension and Training Division (SD).

The key estimates on food consumption and undernourishment used in The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2005 were produced by the Basic Food and Agriculture Statistics Service and the Socio-Economic Statistics and Analysis Service of the FAO Statistics Division, respectively.

The Publishing Management Service of the General Affairs and Information Department (GI) provided editorial, language editing, graphic and production services. Translations were provided by the Meeting Programming and Documentation Service of GI.

Published in 2005 by the
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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