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1.02 Billion People Hungry: One Sixth Of Humanity Undernourished, More Than Ever Before

Posted by Lindy on June 20, 2009


The cause is NOT poor global harvest. It IS the global economic crisis which has lead to lower incomes and more unemployment and also stubbornly high food prices in many poorer countries.  About 100 million more people are chronically hungry than last year.

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).say that encouraging the poorer countries to invest in farming and so gain local food security is the only way to solve the problem.

FAO’s Director-General Jacques Diouf say that “Many of the world’s poor and hungry are smallholder farmers in developing countries. Yet they have the potential not only to meet their own needs but to boost food security and catalyse broader economic growth. For most developing countries there is little doubt that investing in smallholder agriculture is the most sustainable safety net, particularly during a time of global economic crisis,”

The full article is here. It also includes some useful stuff on migration:

  • Urban migrants are loosing their jobs so less money is being sent back to their families in the country
  • Many of them are going back home adding to the rural unemployed
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