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There's Enough to Go Around, Isn't There?

According to the United Nations, the aim of World Food Day is to "heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty."  Since malnutrition is the greatest single threat to the world's public health according to the World Health Organization, it is a very important day indeed.

What gains have been made in fight against hunger and malnutrition?

The good news is that, looking over the long-term there has been a lot of progress - the percentage of malnourished people has declined from 37% of the world's population in 1970 to 16% two years ago in 2009. 

The bad news is that, in the shorter-term, there have been substantial set-backs, and the number of hungry people has increased by 80 million since 1990, despite the fact that the world already produces enough food to feed double the world's population.