11 Facts About Famine

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  1. A child dies from hunger-related causes every 13 seconds.
  2. Around the world, 925 million people are hungry. That’s roughly 3 times the American population.
  3. Every year, 15 million children die of hunger.
  4. Asia and the Pacific have the largest share of the world's hungry people (563 million).
  5. 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
  6. World Food Programme calculates that $3.2 billion is needed every year to reach all 66 million hungry children.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. By 2050, climate change and erratic weather patterns could push another 24 million children into hunger, most of them contained to sub-Saharan Africa.
  10. 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.
  11. The number of people living with chronic hunger has declined by 130 million people over the past 20 years.

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Sources: 30 Hour FamineWFP