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1.5   In developing countries, rural children are 1.5 times more likely to be stunted than urban children.

Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Target 1C: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger


Indicator 1.8: Prevalence of underweight children under five years of age

In the developing world, children living in rural areas are almost 1.5 times as likely to be stunted as those in urban areas. Children in the poorest 20 per cent of households are twice as likely to be stunted as children in the richest 20 per cent of households.

Source: UNICEF global databases, from MICS, DHS and other national surveys, 2003–2009