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  1. 13.1% 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, but those who go hungry either do not have land to grow food or money to purchase it. Fight hunger in your community by collecting food outside a local supermarket. Sign up for Supermarket Stakeout.
  3. The direct medical cost of hunger and malnutrition is estimated at $30 billion each year.
  4. Poverty is the principal cause of hunger. The causes of poverty include poor people's lack of resources, an extremely unequal income distribution in the world and within specific countries, conflict, and hunger itself.
  5. In 2010, an estimated 7.6 million children — more than 20,000 a day — died from hunger.

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  1. Nearly 98% of worldwide hunger exists in underdeveloped countries.
  2. Almost 1 in every 15 children in developing countries dies from hunger.
  3. While hunger exists worldwide, 553 million hungry people live in Asia or the South Pacific.
  4. More than 20% of children in Asia and Africa are underweight for their age.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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    "2013 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics." WorldHunger.org. http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm#Does_the_world_produce_enough_food_to_feed_everyone (accessed August 4, 2014).

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    "2013 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics." WorldHunger.org. http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm#Does_the_world_produce_enough_food_to_feed_everyone (accessed August 4, 2014).

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    "Causes of Hunger are related to Poverty." - Global Issues. http://www.globalissues.org/article/7/causes-of-hunger-are-related-to-poverty (accessed August 4, 2014).

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    "World Child Hunger Facts." World Child Hunger Facts. http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/child_hunger_facts.htm (accessed August 3, 2014).

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    "World Child Hunger Facts." World Child Hunger Facts. http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/child_hunger_facts.htm (accessed August 3, 2014).

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    "Who are the hungry?." World Food Programme. http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm#Does_the_world_produce_enough_food_to_feed_everyone (accessed August 4, 2014).

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    "Who are the hungry?." World Food Programme. http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm#Does_the_world_produce_enough_food_to_feed_everyone (accessed August 4, 2014).

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    "Who are the hungry?." World Food Programme. http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm#Does_the_world_produce_enough_food_to_feed_everyone (accessed August 4, 2014).

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    "Causes of Hunger are related to Poverty." - Global Issues. http://www.globalissues.org/article/7/causes-of-hunger-are-related-to-poverty (accessed August 4, 2014).

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    "Who are the hungry?." World Food Programme. http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm#Does_the_world_produce_enough_food_to_feed_everyone (accessed August 4, 2014).

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    "Who are the hungry?." World Food Programme. http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm#Does_the_world_produce_enough_food_to_feed_everyone (accessed August 4, 2014).

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