Wednesday, December 08, 2004
The UN just released a rather disappointing report on the state of world hunger. According to the report, only 9 million fewer people were malnourished 2002 then in 1992. In a world of 6 billion, that is not such a huge improvement. It is more then just the 9 million figure because there has been population growth in the last 10 years, but still is not nearly the figure I was expecting. World Bank numbers have shown substantial drops in the number of malnourished in the past few decades. The percentage of malnourished in the world has been halved from around 35%, to around 18% in the last few decades primarily due to the green revolution (more productive crops, irrigation, fertilization, and pesticides). The vast majority of this has happened in east Asia, primarily China which has seen a drop of 400 million malnourished in the time period.