Copyright 2009 Advisory Board Firm and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.. 1.02 billion starving people worldwide, U.N. Says For the very first time, the number of hungry people worldwide is greater than 1 billion chronically, according to a recent U.N. Food and Agriculture Company declaration, the Financial Times reviews . The full total number of hungry people is estimated to have reached 1.02 billion – an increase of 11 % from last year’s 915 million, according to the company, which based its estimate on evaluation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture .According to the news services, U.N. Workplace on Drugs and Criminal offense chief Antonio Maria Costa stated, ‘We can and must reverse the HIV epidemic, first of all by avoiding the spread of drug use, and by giving treatment to addicts then. ‘AIDS 2010 will bring together scientific proof and the voices of those impacted by drug use and HIV to highlight the urgent need for broader implementation of evidence-based harm reduction initiatives, such as for example needle exchange programmes and opioid substitution therapy,’ IAS President Julio Montaner said in an IAS press release .