Poor distribution

Published: Saturday 15 May 1999

-- If the available food is distributed according to need, it would be sufficient to feed all the people of the world. Yet there are more than 828 million chronically undernourished poor people in developing countries, says a study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. According to estimates, another two billion people have deficiencies of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals because their diets mainly comprise cereals and tubers. With the quality of life of the poor directly linked to the state of the environment and availability of natural resources, their situation is only expected to get worse as the global environment gets degraded.

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