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Regional shares of global population, food-insecurity and distribition gap 2012

This statistic shows the regional shares of population, food-insecurity and food distribution gap in 2012. Asia accounts for 66 percent of population of these regions, and 50 percent of food-insecurity.

Shares of population, food-insecurity and distribution gap of world regions in 2012*

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Release date

July 2012



Survey time period


Special properties

76 lower income countries

Supplementary notes

* The 76 countries included in this report are lower income countries that are or have been receiving food aid and are experiencing or have experienced food insecurity.
Food insecurity: occurs when per capita food consumption for a country or income decile falls short of the nutritional target of roughly 2,100 calories per person per day
Distribution gap: the difference between projected food availability and the food needed to increase consumption in food-deficit income groups within individual countries to meet the recommended nutritional target. This measure focuses on the groups whose consumption is estimated to be below the nutritional target.

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