Near East and North Africa falls short of halving hunger by 2015
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3 June 2015, Rome--- Most countries in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) achieved their international pledge to reduce the share of their population suffering from hunger, but conflicts and protracted crises in Iraq, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, as well as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, mean the region is the only region to have seen its overall prevalence of undernourishment (PoU) increase from the level of a quarter of a century ago. Some 33 million people in NENA are chronically undernourished today, double the number in 1990, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. The region’s PoU rose to 7.5 percent from 6.6 percent, according to FAO’s first NENA Overview of Food Insecurity.

Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, FAO’s Assistant Director-General based at the Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa in Cairo, Egypt, elaborates more on the Regional SOFI analysis. (interview conducted by Sandra Ferrari)
5min. 24sec.
Topic(s): Agriculture & crops, Food production & stocks, Food Security, Hunger & food insecurity, Rural or agricultural development
Produced by: FAO
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