FROM Ruth Wiesmann
World Food Day and the Plight of Starving Nations Armed groups are making a weapon of hunger, cutting off food supplies, destroying crops and hijacking relief aid. It's a grim fact of everyday life, especially in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. On this UN World Food Day , the world abounds in people who don't have enough to eat. The International Food Policy Research Institute is an American think-tank that compiles the Hunger Index , using three measurements: child malnutrition, child mortality and the estimated proportion of people without enough food.
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