For those involved in the fight against global hunger, it is important to remain up-to-date on the numbers of people who are affected by hunger and malnutrition every year. Although global hunger still plagues a large portion of the world, the number of those affected decreases annually. Here are a few current global hunger statistics:
- 870 million people do not eat enough every day to be considered healthy.
- 98% of the world’s hungry live in the developing world.
- 15% of the population in the developing world is malnourished.
- One third of children’s deaths in developing countries are due to malnutrition.
- Hunger is responsible for more deaths every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
- One out of six children (about 100 million) in developing countries are underweight.
- One in four children in the world are stunted. This rises to one in three in many areas of the developing world.
- 80% of stunted children live in just 20 countries.
- If women received equal treatment (access to land, education, etc) as men, 100-150 million fewer cases of hunger would occur every year.
- By 2050, an additional 24 million children could fall into hunger because of climate change.
The good news: the amount needed to provide a child with a healthy diet of vitamins and nutrients is merely 25 cents per day. World hunger is 100% solvable.
– Mary Penn