Of halving the world's undernourished by 2015 is ambitious. Here's why:
Undernourished population of sub-Saharan Africa will go up by 2015 in stark contrast with other developing countries
168 million people were undernourished in sub-Saharan Africa in 1990/92 (three-year average), and will increase to 205 million by 2015
Developing countries as a whole had 815 million undernourished people in 1990/92. This is expected to reduce to 610 million by 2015. The summit's target was 410 million by 2015
Factors affecting undernourishment: population growth, poverty and food security
While the rate of global population growth declines from 1.5 per cent in 1989-99 to 0.9 per cent in 2015-30, sub-Saharan Africa would show a modest decline from 2.7 per cent to 2.2 per cent for the same periods. This is higher than the average for all developing countries: 1.7 per cent to 1.1 per cent
World's poor living on less than US $1 per day will decline from 1,134 million in 1999 to 749 million by 2015. But sub-Saharan Africa's impoverished will increase from 300 million to 345 million
The key variable to track developments in food security is the per capita food consumption on which sub-Saharan Africa will show little progress
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