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  1. A child dies from hunger-related causes every 10 seconds.
  2. Around the world, 842 million people are hungry. That’s close to 3 times the American population. Host a food drive in your community to provide food to those in need. Sign up for Supermarket Stakeout.
  3. Every year, 15 million children die of hunger.
  4. Asia has the largest number of hungry people (over 500 million) but Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest prevalence (24.8% of population).
  5. 66 million primary-school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.

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  1. World Food Programme calculates that $3.2 billion is needed every year to reach all 66 million hungry children.
  2. If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry people in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.
  3. Hunger is number one on the list of the world’s top 10 health risks. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
  4. By 2050, climate change and erratic weather patterns could push another 24 million children into hunger, most of them contained to sub-Saharan Africa.
  5. Hunger is the single biggest solvable problem facing the world today. 2.6 billion people live on less than $2.00 a day, meanwhile the average American lives on $130 a day.
  6. The number of people living with chronic hunger has declined by 130 million people over the past 20 years.

Sources

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    "Know Your World: Facts About Hunger and Poverty." Empowering Women and Men to End Their Own Hunger. http://www.thp.org/learn_more/issues/know_your_world_facts_about_hunger_and_poverty (accessed July 28, 2014).

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    "Know Your World: Facts About Hunger and Poverty." Empowering Women and Men to End Their Own Hunger. http://www.thp.org/learn_more/issues/know_your_world_facts_about_hunger_and_poverty (accessed July 28, 2014).

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    "Hunger." Womanid International. http://www.womenaid.org/press/info/food/food4.html (accessed July 29, 2014).

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    "World Food Programme Fighting Hunger Worldwide." Hunger Statistics. http://www.wfp.org/hunger/stats (accessed July 26, 2014).

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    "Know Your World: Facts About Hunger and Poverty." Empowering Women and Men to End Their Own Hunger. http://www.thp.org/learn_more/issues/know_your_world_facts_about_hunger_and_poverty (accessed July 28, 2014).

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    "World Food Programme Fighting Hunger Worldwide." Hunger Statistics. http://www.wfp.org/hunger/stats (accessed July 26, 2014).

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    "World Food Programme Fighting Hunger Worldwide." Hunger Statistics. http://www.wfp.org/hunger/stats (accessed July 26, 2014).

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    "10 Things You Need to Know About Hunger in 2013." Empowering Women and Men to End Their Own Hunger. http://www.thp.org/es/blog/ten_things_you_need_to_know_about_hunger_2013 (accessed July 29, 2014).

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    "On The Brink: Who's the best prepared for a climate and hunger crisis?." Actionaid. http://www.actionaid.org.uk/sites/default/files/doc_lib/on_the_brink_-_whos_prepared_for_a_hunger_and_climate_crisis.pdf (accessed July 29, 2014).

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    "Poverty Facts and Stats." - Global Issues. http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats (accessed July 27, 2014).

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    "10 Things You Need to Know About Hunger in 2013." Empowering Women and Men to End Their Own Hunger. http://www.thp.org/es/blog/ten_things_you_need_to_know_about_hunger_2013 (accessed July 29, 2014).

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