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The estimated number of chronically hungry people in the world has dipped considerably below the one billion mark, thanks to good harvests and a drop in food prices from the spikes that sparked rioting just a few years ago, according to figures released Tuesday by the United Nations.

Still, the estimated total of 925 million undernourished people, most of them in Asia and Africa, is "unacceptably high" and well above UN goals to dramatically reduce the number of hungry mouths on the planet, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said.

Just a year ago, UN food agencies estimated that 1.02 billion people on the planet were undernourished. The lower estimate for this year, especially in light of population growth in the meantime, largely reflects progress China and India have made in feeding their people.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/09/14/united-nations-food-hunger.html#ixzz0zVo0DGhV