UN body says fewer are suffering from hunger in Asia-Pacific

AP News
Posted: May 28, 2015 3:15 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — The United Nation's food body says the proportion of people suffering from hunger in the Asia-Pacific region has fallen by half in the last 25 years.

The Food and Agriculture Organization said that using 1990 as a base year, when about 24 percent of the population in the region was undernourished, the percentage has been cut to 12 percent, enabling the region to meet the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals to halve undernourishment by 2015.

Some of biggest drops came in China, where it fell by 60.9 percent, and Thailand, where it dropped by 78.7 percent.

However, some parts of the region, such as South Asia, failed to reach the goal, and in total there are still 490 million people in Asia and the Pacific who suffer from chronic hunger.