Fight against hunger slows down in Asia Pacific

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The UN estimates that six million children die of hunger a year, one every five seconds. UN Photo : WFP/Shehzad Noorani

The fight against hunger in the Asia Pacific region has slowed according to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The region is home to more than 60 percent of the roughly 800 million hungry people in the world.

Since 1990, the region as a whole managed to reduce hunger by half.

Priyanka Shankar reports.

 Countries in the Asia Pacific region must redouble their efforts if the Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger is to be met by 2030, according to FAO.

 Some 490 million people or 12 per cent of the region's population remains undernourished.

 Most of them are in Southern Asia.

 The report also examines the rise in obesity and what is describes as "hidden hunger" from micronutrient deficiency.

 It also reveals that region-wide, nearly one in three children suffers from stunting.

 "To some, the year 2030 may still seem far away, but it's only 14 years from now and we still have nearly half-a-billion hungry people in this region,"   FAO Assistant Director-General Kundhavi Kadiresan warned.

 Priyanka Shankar, United Nations.

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