Wednesday, July 11, 2018

More people have food

Agricultural economists working for the United States Department of Agriculture say the percentage of people who lack enough food is going to decline by more than 10 per cent over the coming decade.

They estimate that 21.1 per cent of the world’s people are in a food-insecurity status today.

That’s 782 million people. By 2028, they estimate it will be down to 446 million people.

The amount of food required to allow all food-insecure people to reach the caloric target of 2,100 calories per person per day is projected to decline to 24 million tons from 36 million tons, they say in their report: International Food Security Assessment, 2018-2028.

In Asia, where income growth is strong, the share of the food-insecure population is projected to decline to 4.7 per cent in 2028 from 16.6 per cent this year. 

In Sub-Saharan Africa 24 per of the people will still be in a food-insecure status 10 years from now, but that will be an improvement from 35.3 per cent this year.