The number of people beset by hunger in Africa continues to grow because very little has been done to stem the trend, according to David Harcharik, deputy-director general of the U.N.’s Food and Agricultural Organization. “Over the past 15 years, the number of under-nourished people (in Africa) has increased by 45 million,” Harcharik said. Though he stressed the importance for donor nations to fulfill their aid promises to Africa, Harcharik also believes that “it is fundamental … that the developing countries themselves make the commitment to increase investment in their own agriculture sectors.” (Source: UN Agencies:cCountries Must Do More To Combat Hunger In Africa/The Associated Press)

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