[At least] 15 percent of the world population is [severely] malnourished
The number of malnourished people has reached nearly 1 billion, or about 15 percent of the world population, an increase of about 5 percent (44 million) in 2008 caused by high food and fuel prices, the World Bank said.
Food prices are much higher than before and show no sign of declining to previous years levels.
Hunger persists. A severely malnourished 4-year-old in Ethiopia is typical of thousands of children around the world whose health and lives are devastated by lack of adequate food. image credit: Sven Torfinn/Panos Pictures. Image may be subject to copyright. Caption: Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)
“While people in the developed world are focused on the financial crisis, many forget that a human crisis is rapidly unfolding in developing countries. It is pushing poor people to the brink of survival,” said World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick. “The financial crisis will only make it more difficult for developing countries to protect their most vulnerable people from the impact of rising food and fuel costs.” More…