Do twelve Africans die of hunger every minute? The claim was made recently by a senior food and nutrition adviser to Nepad, the African Union development programme. But the available data suggests the claim is exaggerated.
Earlier this month, the World Food Programme warned that 2.2 million people in Zimbabwe will need food aid in the coming months. Evidence suggests hunger is growing in some areas in particular. But are the numbers right or do they exaggerate the problem?