UN expert says rising food prices will push number of hungry people over one billion next year
A U.N. expert says rising food prices will push the number of hungry people in the world
over one billion next year, the Associated Press reported.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reported in September that at least 925 million people are hungry in the world today, compared with 848 million between 2003 and 2005.
But Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. Human Rights Council's independent expert on the right to food, said Monday that those figures are from the beginning of 2008. He says that since then the estimate is that at least 44 million more people have become hungry - and the world should arrive at one billion by next year.