Never Before Have This Many People Been Chronically Hungry

For the first time the number of chronically hungry people in the world has reached over one  billion, says the United Nations.

In the last three months the number of people suffering from the food crisis has gone up by more than 37 million people.

Cost of Food Increase via Bloomberg

Cost of Food Increase via Bloomberg

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says the economic crisis increased the number of chronically hungry suffering from the ongoing food crisis to increase by more than 13% in just twelve months.

Many analysts also believe biofuel has played a large role in the ongoing crisis.

Food Related Political Unreast in 2008

Food Related Political Unrest in 2008

Head of FAO warns that the rising number of people fighting chronic hunger could cause political instability and is urging global leaders to remember that peace and national security can be disrupted by food riots.

Undernourished in 2007 via CS Monitor

Undernourished in 2007 via CS Monitor

The UN is working with economist and researchers to develop new tools to fight the current crisis.

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3 responses to “Never Before Have This Many People Been Chronically Hungry

  1. copies of these kinds of posts should be sent to your senators and congressmen when they route solicitous emails to you, magnifying the importance of some obscure Bills that s/he have authored . . . nice post

  2. assetprotectionandthecrisis

    What is one billion people today, like one in eight? It’s awful, I just hope that it doesn’t lead to more totalitarian politics (or populism) in the world. In fact, a lot of foreign intervention makes it worse, such as the food donations that the US drops off in Africa. What does this do? Ruin the local agriculture and it’s often just confiscated by the government shortly after who can then redistribute it as they wish.

  3. as best I can tell, this comes out to about 1 in 7 people.
    while it’s true a lot of U.S. foreign intervention does make it worse (like your example), there’s a lot of it that makes it better – agricultural development, a (hopeful) movement to better trade policies, country owned (and planned) development assistance like the MCA.
    this is what Bread for the World and ONE and a lot of others are working on – now we can see we need it more than ever…

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