South America: undernourishment prevalence 2005-2018

The share of population in South America whose habitual food intake is insufficient to maintain an active and healthy life was estimated at 5.5 percent in 2018, the same proportion registered a year earlier. In 2005, the prevalence of undernourishment in the region amounted to almost eight percent.

Prevalence of undernourishment in South America between 2005 and 2018

Undernourishment prevalence
2018*5.5%
20175.5%
20165.3%
20154.9%
20105.3%
20057.9%
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Sources

Release date

July 2019

Region

Central and South America

Survey time period

Between 2005 and 2018

Supplementary notes

* Forecast.
According to FAO, "the prevalence of undernourishment (PoU) is an estimate of the proportion of the population whose habitual food consumption is insufficient to provide the dietary energy levels that are required to maintain a normal active and healthy life".

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