“No Drop” In World Hunger Deaths


BBC, Dec. 8, 2004

A child still dies of hunger every five seconds, eight years on from a pledge to halve the world’s hungry by 2015, a United Nations agency has said. [P]resent levels of hunger cause the death of more than 5 million children a year. The number of chronically hungry people has hardly budged since 1996. … A worsening situation in China and India, the world’s most populous nations, is largely blamed by the [UN agency] for the recent rise in hunger levels. However, all but one of the countries with the highest levels of hunger are in sub-Saharan Africa. Governments set the target of cutting the number of undernourished people by half in 2015 at the UN World Food Summit in 1996.”