Table 3

Trends in the prevalence of undernourishment in developing countries

(% population)
1990/92 1995/97
Asia and Pacific 322117
South east Asia271713
South Asia382623
Latin America and Caribbean 131311
Central America201717
South America141410
Near East and North Africa 989
Near East101012
North Africa844
Sub-Saharan Africa 373533
Central Africa363748
East Africa354542
Southern Africa324544
West Africa402116
All developing countries 292018
  • Source: FAO, The state of food insecurity in the world (1999).

  • Undernourishment is based on estimates of the amount of food available and reflects chronic food insecurity, in which food intake is insufficient to meet basic energy requirements on a continuing basis.