11 Facts About Global Hunger

  1. 13.1 percent of the world’s population is hungry. That’s roughly 925 million people who go undernourished on a daily basis, consuming less than the recommended 2,100 calories a day.
  2. The world produces enough food to feed all 7 billion people who live in it, but those who go hungry either do not have land to grow food or money to purchase it.
  3. The difference between hunger and malnutrition is that malnutrition means the body does not have the necessary vitamins and nutrients necessary to grow or fight off disease. In developing countries where sanitation is poor, lack of nutrition only makes children and adults more vulnerable to illness.
  4. Poverty is the main cause of hunger, and hunger is a cause of poverty. When people go malnourished, they lose brain functionality and the mental resources to be a productive asset in society or earn money.
  5. In 2010, an estimated 7.6 million children — more than 20,000 a day — died from hunger.
  6. Nearly 98 percent of worldwide hunger exists in underdeveloped countries. Hunger is often passed from mother to child. Each year, 17 million children are born underweight because their mothers are malnourished.
  7. Almost 1 in every 15 children in developing countries dies from hunger.
  8. While hunger exists worldwide, 62.4 percent of the hunger exists in Asia/South Pacific. .
  9. More than 20 percent of children in Asia and Africa are underweight for their age.
  10. When a mother is undernourished during pregnancy, the baby is often born undernourished, too. Every year, 17 million children are born this way due to a mother’s lack of nutrition before and during pregnancy.
  11. Similarly, women in hunger are so deficient of basic nutrients (like iron) that 315,000 die during childbirth from hemorrhaging every year.  

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Sources: Children World Hunger, World Hunger, World Food Programme