—Food insecurity is harmful to all people, but it is particularly devastating to children. Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and future economic prosperity.

—Approximately one in eight people in developing nations, or 13.5 percent of the overall world population, remain chronically underfed.

—Considerable efforts are therefore still needed to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) hunger target by 2015, especially in countries that have registered inadequate progress.

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