Global Poverty 101

(Photo: AP)

Death by Birth Place: 7 countries are home to 65% of the world’s hungry: India, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia.

    • 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation.
    • 1 billion children are deprived of one or more services essential to survival and development.
    • 148 million children under the age of 5 in developing regions are underweight for their age.
    • 22 million infants are not protected from diseases by routine immunization.
    • In 2008, 8.8 million children worldwide died before their 5th birthday.
    • 4 million newborns worldwide are dying in the first month of life.
    • 2 million children under the age of 15 currently live with HIV.
    • 101 million children are not attending primary school.



The number of people suffering from hunger is greater than
the population of the U.S., Canada and EU combined.



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What would it cost to end world hunger?
$30 billion per year is the annual shortfall to end world hunger.

How does that compare to other political priorities?
$530 Billion: U.S. Military Budget
$130 Billion: U.S. War Spending




Over the past 20-years, global poverty was cut in half.

Wall Street Journal


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ZEWDU the street child. from Enrico Parenti, Takae film on Vimeo.


What is food insecurity? An explanation from Thomson Reuters Foundation on Vimeo.

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