SWS said the 16.9 per cent figure surpassed the old record of 16.7 per cent in December 2005. It also raised the 1998-2006 hunger-proportion average from 10.6 per cent to 10.8 per cent. The hunger rate dropped to a record low of 5.1 per cent in September 2003 but it has been at double digits since the second quarter of 2004.Severe Hunger (families going hungry often or always in the last three months) was placed at 4.2 per cent in March 2006, or almost 700,000 families. The record was 6 per cent in March 2001. Moderate Hunger (families experiencing hunger once or a few times in the last three months) was at 12.7 per cent in March 2006, or 2.1 million families.
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