WFP / STATE OF FOOD INSECURITY IN THE WORLD

01-Oct-2013 00:02:22
Some 842 million people, or roughly one in eight, suffered from chronic hunger in 2011-13, not getting enough food to lead active and healthy lives according to a report released by the UN food agencies. WFP
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STORY: WFP / STATE OF FOOD INSECURITY IN THE WORLD
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SOURCE: WFP
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 1 OCTOBER 2013, ROME, ITALY / FILE
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2 JULY 2013, PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI

1. Various shots, mothers and babies at nutrition clinic
2. Various shots, baby’s arm being measured
3. Various shots, WFP supplying special fortified foods to fight malnutrition

29 JUNE 2013, THIOTTE, HAITI

4. Wide shot, people working in the fields
5. Med shot, women singing while carrying stones as part of WFP Cash for Work project
6. Various shots, people working on the fields

1 OCTOBER 2013, ROME, ITALY

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Frances Kennedy, WFP Spokesperson, Rome:
“The world set itself a hunger goal for 2015 to reduce by half the number of hungry people in developing countries and we can still make it. That we will require a big final push and key to this will be two things: investing in agriculture and providing social safety nets, as we call them- things that will protect the most vulnerable and stop them from falling down into hunger and poverty if there’s a bad harvest or high prices or some floods.”

11 AUGUST 2013, KOLLY HILLS, TAMIL NADU, SOUTHERN INDIA

8. Various shots, millet farming
9. Tilt down, woman pouring millet into a recipient
10. Various shots, family eating millet

12 JULY 2013, EL FASHER, DARFUR

11. Various shots, displaced people’s camp
12. Various shots, WFP food aid distribution

14 JULY 2013, ARDAMATA IDP CAMP GENEINA, DARFUR

13. Various shots, women planting trees
14. Various shots, making fuel efficient stoves
15. Tilt up, woman cooking on making fuel efficient stoves
STORYLINE
Some 842 million people, or roughly one in eight, suffered from chronic hunger in 2011-13, not getting enough food to lead active and healthy lives according to a report released by the UN food agencies.

The number is down from 868 million reported for the 2010-12 period, according to the State of Food Insecurity in the World, published every year by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The vast majority of hungry people live in developing regions, while 15.7 million live in developed countries.

Continued economic growth in developing countries has improved incomes and access to food. Recent pick-up in agricultural productivity growth, supported by increased public investment and renewed interest of private investors in agriculture, has improved food availability.

In addition, in some countries remittances from migrants are playing a role in reducing poverty, leading to better diets and progress in food security. They can also contribute towards boosting productive investments by smallholder farmers

Despite the progress made worldwide, marked differences in hunger reduction persist. Sub-Saharan Africa has made only modest progress in recent years and remains the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment with one in four Africans (24.8 percent) estimated to be hungry.

No recent progress is observed in Western Asia, while Southern Asia and Northern Africa witnessed slow progress. More substantial reductions in both the number of hungry and prevalence of undernourishment have occurred in most countries of East Asia, Southeastern Asia, and in Latin America.

Since 1990-92, the total number of undernourished in developing countries has fallen by 17 percent from 995.5 million to 826.6 million.

While uneven, the report stresses that developing regions as a whole have made significant progress towards reaching the target of halving the proportion of hungry people by 2015. This target was agreed internationally as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). If the average annual decline since 1990 continues to 2015, the prevalence of undernourishment will reach a level close to the MDG hunger target.

SOUNDBITE (English) Frances Kennedy, WFP Spokesperson, Rome:
“The world set itself a hunger goal for 2015 to reduce by half the number of hungry people in developing countries and we can still make it. That we will require a big final push and key to this will be two things: investing in agriculture and providing social safety nets, as we call them- things that will protect the most vulnerable and stop them from falling down into hunger and poverty if there’s a bad harvest or high prices or some floods.”

A more ambitious target set at the 1996 World Food Summit (WFS), to halve the number of hungry people by 2015, remains out of reach at global level, even though 22 countries had already met it by the end of 2012.

To reach MDG one, the prevalence of hunger needs to be reduced below 12 percent by 2015. It currently stands at 14.3 percent.

As of October 2013, 62 countries have reached the target of halving the proportion of people suffering from hunger by 2015. An additional 6 countries are on track to reach MDG one by 2015.

Out of the 62 countries, 22 have achieved the 1996 World Food Summit (WFS) target of halving the number of hungry people by 2015.

To reach the WFS target, the number of hungry people in developing countries would have to drop by 498 million by 2015, which is out of reach at the going rate of reduction.
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