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1. FAO's hunger data - getting better
2. Global hunger falling, index shows
3. Girls fare worse in disasters
4. Climate shocks will hurt poverty targets
5. Anatomy of modern-day slavery


FAO's hunger data - getting better

JOHANNESBURG, 14 October 2013 (IRIN) - In 2012 the UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) attracted criticism for its methods of
calculating the number of hungry people in the world in its annual
report, the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI). The debate
continues in 2013, with a calculated total of 842 million, or 12
percent of the world's population, experiencing chronic hunger over the
past two years.
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Global hunger falling, index shows

LONDON, 16 October 2013 (IRIN) - Every year for the past eight years,
the Global Hunger Index has mapped the world's nutrition. Over time,
the maps demonstrate progress: The dark red splashes across Africa that
signified "extremely alarming" levels of hunger have mostly faded to
orange, and much of the orange is now yellow, meaning "serious" but not
"alarming". Ghana is now light green, meaning it has "moderate" hunger,
an improvement from the "serious" level of 2006. Similarly, many
countries in Asia have shown great improvement.
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Girls fare worse in disasters

NAIROBI, 16 October 2013 (IRIN) - During disasters, girls fare worse
than the rest of the population, according to a new report released on
11 October by child rights NGO Plan International.
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Climate shocks will hurt poverty targets

JOHANNESBURG, 17 October 2013 (IRIN) - As climatic shocks worsen,
disaster-affected populations will be driven deeper into poverty,
exacerbating their vulnerability, in as soon as two decades - unless
policymakers start to address the issue now, according to a new study
from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
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Anatomy of modern-day slavery

NAIROBI, 18 October 2013 (IRIN) - More than two centuries after slavery
was outlawed, 29.8 million people globally continue to be subjected to
new and diverse forms of servitude, a new index ranking 162 countries
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