10 good news from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN:

    1. Global hunger has continued to decline. Still 795 million people are undernourished globally in 2015, but 167 million less than 10 years ago, and 216 million less than in 1990–92.


    1. In developing regions, the proportion of undernourished people in the total population has decreased from 23.3% to 12.9% over the last 20 years.


    1. Just over 1 in 9 people in the world are still suffering from hunger in the period 2014 – 2016, although the total number of undernourished people is declining.


    1. 2015 marks the end of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) monitoring period. The target to reduce world hunger by 50% was only narrowly missed, but optimistically, many regions such as Latin America and south-eastern Asia comfortably reached their targets.


    1. South America has been able to reduce the prevalence of undernourishment by more than 50% and has brought it below 5 percent.


    1. The highest burden of hunger occurs in Southern Asia, where 281 million people are undernourished. In sub-Saharan Africa, 1 in every 4 people, or 23.2% of the population, are hungry.


    1. Out of 129 developing countries, 72 of them, or more than half, have reached the MDG hunger target.


    1. The two indicators of hunger, as defined by the Millennium Development Goals: the prevalence of undernourishment, and the proportion of children under 5 years old who are underweight – have both declined.


    1. Economic growth is a key success factor for reducing undernourishment. Enhancing the productivity and incomes of smallholder family farmers is key to progress.


    1. Conflict, political instability or natural disasters have resulted in protracted crises, adding to vulnerability and food insecurity


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