Table 3

Trends in the prevalence of undernourishment in developing countries

1979/81
(% population)
1990/92 1995/97
Asia and Pacific 322117
Oceania312724
South east Asia271713
South Asia382623
Latin America and Caribbean 131311
Caribbean192531
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.