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Hunger affects one in eight people


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A new United Nations report says one in eight people worldwide does not have enough food. It says 842 million people suffer from very serious hunger. This is about 12 per cent of the world population. This percentage has gone down. It was 17 per cent in 1992. The U.N. says many countries cannot find ways to feed their people. Africa has the highest number of undernourished people. One in five Africans is undernourished. In over 19 African nations, more than a quarter of people are hungry. The U.N. said 98 per cent of the world's hungry people live in developing countries.

The World Food Programme said undernourishment is "not having enough food for an active and healthy life" and an inability to "meet dietary energy requirements". Hunger is now the largest risk to people's health around the world. It is more serious than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. One of the biggest reasons for hunger is war. The U.N. said developing countries that have experienced war in the past 20 years have bigger problems. Scientists say things could get worse because of climate change. Hotter temperatures will mean less food, leading to more hunger.

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