Rethinking hunger

Despite gains in expanding the food supply, at least 805 million people still go hungry every day, of whom some 791 million live in developing countries, writes Jomo Kwame Sundaram.

Jomo Kwame Sundaram is Assistant Director-General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development at the Food and Agriculture Organisation.    

The world has a nutrition problem. Though great strides have been made toward the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries, the problem remains persistent, pervasive, and complex. After all, the issue goes beyond merely providing more food; effective efforts to reduce undernourishment must ensure that people have access to enough of the right types of food – those that give them the nutrients they need to live healthy, productive lives.

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