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World fertiliser use has more than doubled since 1968, increasing yields by 77%
About 30% of livestock breeds are close to extinction
About 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost since 1900
There is 40% less arable land per person than there was in 1970
Agriculture consumes 70% of the fresh water used in the world
Source: FAO
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Nearly 30% of the world’s population suffer from some form of malnutrition. Find out more about hunger and the depletion of key food resources from the graphs below.

Human activities have degraded 15% of the world’s land - an area more than half the size of all the world’s forests put together.

In 1951, 95% of fish stocks were under-exploited. Now nearly a third are overfished.

Six of the world’s eight hungriest countries were in sub-Sarahan Africa at the end of the 1990s – with three quarters of Somalians going hungry. Food crises in Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe are adding to the continent’s woes.

Food is never distributed evenly. If there is not enough for the whole population, some still get enough, but those who are undernourished get even less than the national average - which is itself below the daily requirement.
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