It very worrying, as says. Eight hundred and fifty-four million people in the world are undernourished, i.e. have less than 1,900 calories a day. Of this number, 820 million are in developing countries development, compared to 823 million in 1990. This annual report published yesterday by FAO, United Nations food and Agriculture Organization, does not show any improvement in these ten years. At the World Summit on food in November 1996, the heads of State and Government of 180 countries set as target halving the number of hungry people by 2015. Anyway, it is true that as a result of population growth, the proportion of people malnourished in poor countries increased from 20 per cent in 1990-1992 to 17% in 2001-2003. This change is still weak.

In reality, there was no progress admitted Jacques Diouf, Director-general of FAO, for whom this decline of 3 million in the number of people malnourished in poor countries could be even statistical error. According to the Organization, the most recent trends are truly worrying. They show an increase of 26 million people undernourished between 1995-1997 and 2001-2003, after a low of 100 million in the 1980s. The mediocrity of these results conceals significant regional disparities. FAO stressed that the number of undernourished people increased in Near East, in North Africa and in the African region to the South of Sahara. This made the number of malnourished in 10 years 169 to 206 million, when the goals set in 1996 spoke of the need to bring that figure to 85 million by 2015. The countries with the greatest danger are also those who went through wars, such as Burundi, Eritrea, Liberia, Sierra Leone or the Republic of the Congo. If the results of recent years, are taken into account only the East Asia achieved decrease in more of the its number of malnourished, while Southeast Asia reduced half only by one third, as Latin America.