At the World Food Summit in Rome in November 1996, governments pledged to reduce by half the number of undernourished people in the world by 2015. This was seen as a first step towards the goal of food for all.
But this target is still far from being met. In October 2000, a report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said that unless extra efforts are made to accelerate progress, it will not be achieved before 2030.
This report examines why so many people are still going hungry, looking at the links between hunger and poverty and at the policies that are supposed to reduce both.