UN: Over 1 Billion Hungry People WorldwideWorld | October 14, 2009, Wednesday // 13:51| views
Targets to cut the number of hungry people in the world will not be met without greater international effort, UN food agencies have warned.
The UN's annual report on global food security confirms that more than one billion people - a sixth of the world's population - are undernourished.
It says the number of hungry people was growing before the economic crisis, which has made the situation worse.
The report comes ahead of World Food Day on Friday, the BBC reported.
"No nation is immune and, as usual, it is the poorest countries and the poorest people that are suffering the most," said the annual report of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme.
The FAO says Asia and the Pacific has the largest number of hungry people - 642 million - followed by Sub-Saharan Africa with 265 million.
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