Displaced Somali children queuing as they wait for food-aid rations at a distribution center in Mogadishu, Jan. 19, 2012. (AFP/Tony Karumba)
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The number of hungry people around the world has dropped below 800 million for the first time since the U.N. started counting, the Food and Agriculture Organization said in an annual report Wednesday.The Rome-based agency said there are 795 million people around the world suffering from hunger, 216 million fewer than in 1990-92, and that the world was on track to potentially eradicate the problem within the lifetime of today's young people.In the developing world, the prevalence of undernourishment has declined to 12.9 percent of the population from 23.3 percent a quarter of a century ago, the FAO report found.With nearly one in four people affected by undernourishment, sub-Saharan Africa was the region worst-affected by hunger, the FAO report showed.
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