World hunger crisis climbs over 1 billion

One in six people in the world — or more than 1 billion — is now hungry, a historic high due largely to the global economic crisis and stubbornly high food prices, a U.N. agency said.

The numbers are staggering. Deemed a "silent crisis," the United Nations reports that globally over 1 billion people are hungry, an unprecedented high. With less than 1,800 calories per day, one-sixth of the world's population is in need of direct assistance.

The crisis also affects the quality of nutrition, as families buy cheaper foods which are calorie-rich, but contain fewer proteins than meat or dairy products.

To read more about the growing global hunger crisis, see the following Washington Times article.

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