Food In Need For Record Number Of Hungry People

(WFP world food programme)

Published on BERNAMA.com, Sept. 17, 2009.

LONDON, Sept 17 (Bernama) — Millions of people are being pushed into the hunger trap when the number of hungry people pass 1 billion this year for the first time but the flow of food aid is at a 20-year low, said the UN World Food Program (WFP) on Wednesday. Josette Sheeran, executive director of WFP, told a press conference here that the number of hungry people in 2009 would be 1.02 billion for the first time in history, according to the data of UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

But the food aid flow is going down in recent years.

In 2001, there were 10.9 million tons of food aid but the number fell to 6. 3 million tonnes in 2008, Xinhua reported, citing to a graph by WFP. Sheeran said that WFP was aiming to feed 108 million people in 2009, but is facing a serious budget shortfall, which is about US$3 billion. This shortage means ration reductions and cuts in programs that provide a lifeline to the world’s hungriest people. … (full text).

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