Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
The following statistics are courtesy of the United Nations World Food Programme.
* 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat. This number has fallen by 156 million since 1990.
* The vast majority of hungry people (827 million) live in developing countries, where 14.3 percent of the population is undernourished.
* Asia has the largest share of the world’s hungry people (some 552 million) but the trend is downward.
* If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.
* Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
* One out of six children — roughly 100 million — in developing countries is underweight.
* One in four of the world’s children are stunted. In developing countries the proportion can rise to one in three.
* 80 percent of the world’s stunted children live in just 20 countries.
* 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
* WFP calculates that US$3.2 billion is needed per year to reach all 66 million hungry school-age children.
“God is a verb not a noun.” Buckminster Fuller
May our compassion have legs.
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– compiled by Jamie Dedes