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Millennium goal on hunger is within reach, but food instability threatens progress

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 16 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6961
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

The United Nations has revised the number of people who are starving or undernourished to just under 870 million, from an estimate of one billion three years ago.

The UN’s report State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization and other UN bodies ahead of world food day on 16 October, said that better methods and data had resulted in the new figure.1

The world’s number of undernourished people fell by 132 million between 1990-2 and 2010-12, or from 18.6% to 12.5% of the …

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