Towards the end of hunger

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​Hunger affects 800 million people, 11% of humankind. However, it is diminishing in absolute numbers and as a percentage of population as a result of slower population growth, economic development, and increasing farm productivity. Current food output is more than enough to feed all humankind and is growing consistently faster than population. More than 95% of food growth comes from increasing output per hectare, with little expansion in land use. Agricultural trade is rapidly increasing and is expected to continue expanding. For the first time in history, humankind is overcoming hunger. Even under pessimistic hypotheses about the impacts of climate change and other factors, hunger is not expected to worsen but to become non-significant in all regions of the world during the coming decades. The fight against hunger is far from over, but world hunger will end sooner with the right policies in place.
  • About the author(s)
    Héctor Maletta

    (PhD, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a senior expert in food security and agriculture who has done extensive consulting work for international agencies such as FAO, IFAD, ILO and others. He wrote this book as an Associate Researcher at the CIUP research centre, Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Peru). He had previously been a professor in various universities of Argentina, and is also the author of several books on food, agriculture, poverty; another of his research interests is the methodology of scientific research.​

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