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More than 400 million people are starving in Asia, says FAO


November 02, 2018, 09:36Bangkok, November 2 (Prensa Latina) In Asia-Pacific, due to famine, 486 million people are suffering from food security stagnation, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said. .

This continent covers more than half of the people under nutrition, according to a FAO regional report published in the Thai capital.

Despite rapid economic growth, the decline in hungry and malnourished individuals, including children, is virtually stagnating in many areas of the Asia-Pacific region.

The text also warns that the UN's Sustainable Development Goal in 2030 can not be achieved if the current situation continues.

Though worldly data worldwide show that the famine in the world – rising to a decade earlier – the FAO regional report underlines the fact that in the Asian countries this struggle is stagnating.

According to the United Nations agency, children are one of the most vulnerable sectors, and every fourth, under five-year-old child in this region suffers from food-related problems.

"The sad reality is that the unacceptable number of babies continues to suffer from multiple burdens of malnutrition despite the decades of economic growth, which means losses to their human potential," said UN representatives. .

The FAO estimates that natural disasters, limited or inadequate access to safe food and safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene are the main reasons for this situation.

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