Food security has slowly, but markedly improved during the past year. Approximately 842m people today are estimated to be experiencing chronic hunger, down from 868m a year ago—an almost 3% decline. This caps a quarter of a century of progress, with the number of undernourished individuals falling by 17% since 1990.
Improvement is evident across the globe, but particularly in developing countries, which generally started with more food-insecure environments. The 2014 Global Food Security Index (GFSI) displays these developments, revealing improvements within every region. Low- and lower-middle-income countries—particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, which recorded the largest gains despite facing the weakest food security environment—led the way.
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