Launch of “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015”
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27 May 2015, Rome--- The number of hungry people in the world has dropped to 795 million -- 216 million fewer than in 1990-92 -- or around one person out of every nine, according to the latest edition of the annual UN hunger report (The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 - SOFI). In the developing regions, the prevalence of undernourishment has declined to 12.9 percent of the population, down from 23.3 percent a quarter of a century ago reports SOFI 2015. A majority - 72 out of 129 - of the countries monitored by FAO have achieved the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the prevalence of undernourishment by 2015. In addition, 29 countries have met the more ambitious goal laid out at the World Food Summit in 1996, when governments committed to halving the absolute number of undernourished people by 2015.

Audio excerpts from the press conference for the launch of SOFI 2015: (00:00) José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General; (08:35) Josefina Stubbs, Associate Vice-President, IFAD; (12:41) Stanlake Samkange, Director, Policy and Programme Division, WFP; (17:23) Maurizio Martina, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies, Italy (via video link from Expo Milan 2015); (22:35) Technical presentation by Jomo Sundaram, Assistant Director-General, Coordinator for Economic and Social Development Department, FAO; (29:54) Q&A.
57min. 46sec.
Topic(s): Agriculture & crops, Food Security, Hunger & food insecurity, Press conference, Rural or agricultural development
Produced by: FAO
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