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Global Health
November 19, 2014

Global State of Hunger

JAMA. 2014;312(19):1961. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.14593

Despite decreasing numbers of hungry people worldwide over the last decade, more than 800 million people remained chronically undernourished in 2012-2014, with the majority living in developing countries, according to an annual report from the United Nations, “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014” (http://bit.ly/1b9gcSS).

Hunger rates decreased globally from 18.7% in 1990-1992 to 11.3% in 2012-2014 and in developing countries from 23.4% to 13.5% during the same time periods. The report highlights 7 countries—Bolivia, Brazil, Haiti, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malawi, and Yemen—with diverse political and cultural differences and describes their attempts to address hunger and how external events have influenced those efforts. Most regions have made progress, but it has been uneven.