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    Monitoring MDG and WFS targets
    Asia and the Pacific
    2006
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    Worldwide developing countries have reduced hunger as measured by the food security statistics known as Millennium Development Goals (MDG) indicator 5 and the indicator of the World Food Summit (WFS) during the 1990’s, but the reduction has slowed down during the most recent five-year period. Asia and the Pacific (AP) has contributed to the overall decrease in hunger in a similar pattern as the developing world; its pace has been fast enough up to now, but the efforts have to be intensif ied to reach the MDG target by 2015. In AP, hunger may not be a problem in two countries (less than 2.5% of the population are chronically hungry) but yet remains a concern for one country (more than 35% of the population are chronically hungry). All the other countries are very close to reach the MDG target, although most of the south Asian countries need to step up the pace occurred during the second half of the 1990’s from now onto 2015.
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    The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2004
    Monitoring progress towards the World Food Summit and Millennium Development Goals
    2004
    The sixth edition of The State of Food Insecurity in the World reports that the number of chronically hungry people in the developing world has fallen by only 9 million since the World Food Summit baseline period of 1990–1992. The conclusion is inescapable – we must do better. Looking at the impressive progress that more than 30 countries in all developing regions have made in reducing hunger, the report highlights another clear and compelling lesson – we can do better. And for the f irst time, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2004 presents provisional estimates of the staggering costs that hunger inflicts on households and nations – the millions of lives ravaged by premature death and disability, the billions of dollars in lost productivity and earnings. On both moral and pragmatic grounds, these estimates lead to one more unavoidable conclusion – we cannot afford not to do better. The report also includes a special feature examining the impact that the rapid growth of cities and incomes in developing countries and the globalization of the food industry have had on hunger, food security and nutrition. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2004 concludes with an urgent appeal to scale up action, resources and commitment in order to achieve the World Food Summit goal. That goal of cutting the number of hungry people in half by the year 2015 can still be reached if we just focus our efforts over the next ten years on simple, low-cost, targete d actions that will improve food security quickly for very large numbers of people. Hunger cannot wait.
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    The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2005
    Eradicating world hunger – key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals
    2005
    Only ten years now remain before the 2015 deadline by which world leaders have pledged to reduce hunger and extreme poverty by half and to make substantial gains in education, health, social equity, environmental sustainability and international solidarity. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2005examines progress towards the World Food Summit goals and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), focusing on the critical importance of reducing hunger, not only as the explicit target of MDG 1 but as an essential condition for reaching the other MDGs. The report presents compelling evidence that hunger and malnutrition are major causes of the deprivation and suffering targeted by all of the other MDGs. Progress towards those targets has lagged, particularly in the countries and regions where efforts to reduce hunger have stalled. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2005emphasizes that most, if not all, of the MDG targets can still be reached. But only if efforts are redoubled an d refocused. And only by recognizing and acting on two key points: without rapid progress in reducing hunger, achieving all of the other MDGs will be difficult, if not impossible; and the fight to eliminate hunger and reach the other MDGs will be won or lost in the rural areas where the vast majority of the world's hungry people live.

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