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Estimated 1 Billion Adults Struggled to Afford Food in 2009


An estimated 1 billion adults worldwide reported not having enough money at times to buy the food they or their families needed. A disproportionate percentage of people in sub-Saharan Africa are affected.

Across the 113 countries surveyed, a median of 26% adults reported struggling at times to afford food for themselves or their families. Consistent with what Gallup has documented in previous years, the percentage of adults struggling in 2009 was highest in sub-Saharan Africa. At least 4 in 10 adults in every country surveyed in this region, with the exception of Djibouti, reported problems.

In fact, of the 22 countries where more than half of adults reported difficulties affording food at times in 2009, 15 are in sub-Saharan Africa. Struggles to afford food are not new to citizens in most of these countries. Food riots took place and there were fears of unrest in several countries, such as Cameroon and the Philippines, when global food prices surged in 2008.

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October 2, 2010 Posted by | Current Events | , , , | Leave a comment