World hunger falls, but 805 million still chronically undernourished
16 September 2014, Rome – About 805 million people in the world, or one in nine, suffer from hunger, according to a new UN report released today. The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) confirmed a positive trend which has seen the number of hungry people decline globally by more than 100 million over the last decade and by more than 200 million since 1990-92. The overall trend in hunger reduction in developing countries means that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is within reach. To date, 63 developing countries have reached the MDG target, and six more are on track to reach it by 2015.
Statements from the press conference: José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General (00:00); Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Director (05:33); John McIntire, IFAD Associate Vice-President (12:50).
Jomo Sundaram, Assistant Director-General, FAO Economic and Social Development Department, presents SOFI 2014.
Questions and answers from the press conference.
George Rapsomanikis, FAO Senior Economist and technical writer for SOFI 2014, elaborates on the trends in global hunger reduction.
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari