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Report Lists World's Hungriest Countries

October 17, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

Somalia, Afghanistan and Haiti rank as the hungriest countries in the world, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. In its annual food security report, the FAO unveiled a "depth of hunger" measurement, according to which hungry Somalis, for example, are missing 27% of the minimum calories required to maintain body weight under light activity. The three countries also rank highest in terms of undernourished populations, with Somalia at 75%. A total of 826 million people--nearly 1 in 6 in the world--do not get enough to eat, the report says.

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