Seven countries Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia and Pakistan; account for two-third of world's undernourished
In sub-Saharan Africa, the majority of the undernourished
population in 2016 live in countries affected by conflict.
Between 1990 and 2015, countries with a protracted crisis only managed to reduce the share of their undernourished
populations by 26 percent.
Offspring of the undernourished
also had hearts that appeared to age faster.
In lowland breed, the fetal weight and fetal weight: fetal crown-rump length ratio were significantly greater in undernourished
group (Pless than 0.
By 2030, three-quarters of the population of the developing world could be living in countries where less than 5 percent of people are undernourished
However, 15 countries in the region -- such as the Gulf Cooperation Council states, most of North Africa, Jordan and Iran -- did meet the hunger targets of halving the number of undernourished
people or maintaining a rate below 5 percent.
In a press release on Wednesday, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the Millennium Development target of halving the number of chronically undernourished
people set 25 years ago, has been achieved in 72 countries.
It is disturbing to learn that three fourth of the undernourished
children of Asia are found in South Asia", she said.
Despite the progress made by few countries, the region, as a whole, is failing to meet the 2015 target of halving the number (or the proportion) of undernourished
among the population, largely due to wars, conflicts and instability, the report said, adding that distress on livelihoods in many parts of the region, including Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Gaza, is very high and vulnerable communities are paying the price for situations of instability and conflict in the first place.
The findings that one in nine are undernourished
must be addressed by the community of nations as well.
The overall trend in hunger reduction in developing countries means that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished
people by 2015 is within reach.