The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2009

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2009 is the tenth progress report on world hunger since the 1996 World Food Summit (WFS). Compiled by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the report highlights that the food crisis has twinned with the economic crisis increasing the number of hungry people. The global economic crisis had added another blow to the food-insecure and vulnerable. Before the 2009 financial crunch and 2008 food crisis, the FAO undernourishment data covering the world showed that the number of undernourished people had been still increasing slowly.

The report says despite the financial constraints faced by governments around the world, agricultural investment and safety nets remain key parts of an effective response to reduce food insecurity both now and in the future.

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