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At the start of the 21st century, the international community made some smart and simple promises with the so-called Millennium Development Goals.The target of halving hunger, for example, may be missed – though not by much. Over the past 22 years, the world has managed to feed almost 2 billion more people adequately – no small feat.Six of the 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have never had a household survey, and only 28 countries have had one in the past seven years.After assembling available information about survey costs around the world, Jerven estimates that proper monitoring of all 18 targets and 48 indicators would have cost $27 billion.The high-level panel suggested 59, compared to 18 under the MDGs, and the Open Working Group nearly tripled the number again, to 169 targets.The MDGs were effective in part because the number of targets was limited. So it is reasonable to consider how many targets we could measure properly, rather than collect data on a large number of them.
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