World Bank Aims to Cut Poverty, Hunger in Half

<i> Associated Press</i>

Nearly a third of the world’s people are poor and hungry, but the problem can be cut in half in a generation, the World Bank said Monday.

Economic progress in Asia, increases in food production, technological breakthroughs and successful private lending offer hope for reductions in poverty and hunger, according to bank officials.

The bank estimates that 1 billion people are hungry and malnourished and 2 billion others lack some needed vitamins.