Rome: The number of undernourished people around the world has declined by nearly 10 percent in the last year, the first time a drop in famine has been recorded since 1995, the UN food agency said Tuesday. A total of 925 million people are undernourished in 2010 compared with 1.023 billion last year, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a hunger report, revealing a drop of 9.6 percent.
"Lack of appropriate mechanisms to deal with the shocks or to protect the most vulnerable populations from their effects result in large swings in hunger following crises.” When the crisis is over there should be no relaxation in the fight against famine, the FAO urged. "Vulnerable households may deal with shocks by selling assets, which are very difficult to rebuild, by reducing food consumption in terms of quantity and variety, and by cutting down on health and education expenditures". These coping mechanisms "all have long-term negative effects on the quality of life and livelihoods", the FAO said. Bureau Report
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