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FAO estimates that 1.02 billion people are undernourished worldwide in 2009. These are more hungry people than at any time since 1970, the earliest year for which comparable statistics are available.

Based on FAO’s 2009 flagship publication on “The State of Food Insecurity in the World”, this presentation discusses the implications of the global economic crisis for world food security.

More informationHunger in the Face of Crisis, Economic and Social Perspectives, Policy Brief No.6, September 2009.


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