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Date:

October 19, 2000

Subject:

FAO Report on Hunger; Horizontal Transfer to Microbes;

 

THE STATE OF FOOD INSECURITY IN THE WORLD SHOWS NO PROGRESS TOWARDS WORLD
FOOD SUMMIT TARGET

HUNGRY PEOPLE CANNOT WAIT ANOTHER 15 YEARS, FAO WARNS

London/Rome, 16 October 2000.-There has been no improvement since last
count in the rate of decline of the number of undernourished in the world:
826 million people still do not get enough to eat in a time of
unprecedented plenty. This is the key message in the UN Food and
Agriculture Organization's annual report The State of Food Insecurity in
the World (SOFI 2000) released today simultaneously in London, Rome,
Washington, Nairobi,Bangkok, Berlin, Dublin and several other cities.

Current projections indicate that unless extra efforts are made to
accelerate progress the 1996 World Food Summit goal of cutting the number
of undernourished to 400 million by 2015 will not be achieved before 2030
- 15 years late. "Hungry people cannot wait another 15 years," the SOFI
report emphasizes.


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