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International Food Security Assessment, 2012-22

by Stacey Rosen, Birgit Meade, Shahla Shapouri, Anna D'Souza, and Nicholas Rada

Outlook No. (GFA-23) 71 pp, July 2012

Food security is estimated to improve slightly in 2012 as the number of food-insecure people in the 76 countries covered in this report declines from 814 million in 2011 to 802 million in 2012. The share of the population that is food insecure remains at 24 percent. Over the next decade, the share of the population that is food insecure is projected to decline from 24 percent in 2012 to 21 percent in 2022, but the number of food insecure people is projected to increase by 37 million. Regionally, food insecurity is projected to remain most severe in Sub-Saharan Africa. Food-insecure people are defined as those consuming less than the nutritional target of roughly 2,100 calories per day per person.

Keywords: Food security, food production, area, yield, commercial imports, export earnings, food aid, calories, commodity prices, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Afghanistan, Brazil, agricultural development

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Last updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012

For more information contact: Stacey Rosen, Birgit Meade, Shahla Shapouri, Anna D'Souza, and Nicholas Rada

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