ALMOST 870 million people around the world -- one in eight -- suffered from chronic undernourishment in the 2010-12 period, according to a new report from the U.N.
The vast majority of these hungry people, 852 million people, or 15% of the world's population, live in developing countries, according to the report.
"In today's world of unprecedented economic and technical opportunities, we find it entirely unacceptable that more than 100 million children under five years old are undernourished and, therefore, unable to realize their full human and socioeconomic potential and that more than 2.5 million of these children die from malnutrition every year," the report says.
The U.N. does note that the increase in hunger during 2007-10 was less severe than feared after coming through the global recession.
The report says the transmission of higher food prices to local markets was blunted by steps governments took to cushion food shocks and protect vulnerable people from higher prices.
The report was compiled by the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization, Fund for Agricultural Development and World Food Program.