The number of people in the world who are hungry because of insufficient calorie intake rose from about 840 million in 2003 to more than a billion in 2009, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Another billion people may have enough calories but are malnourished and in chronic poor health due to micronutrient shortfalls. This means that nearly one-third of the world’s 6.8 billion people are malnourished and unable to secure sufficient healthy food to conduct normal activities.

The sharp surge in food prices and hunger in 2008 led to massive civil unrest and ...


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