1 in 8
There are 7 billion people in the world. Approximately 870 million of the world’s population do not eat enough to be healthy. That means that one in every eight people on Earth goes to bed hungry each night.
Hunger in Decline
The number of people living with chronic hunger has declined by 130 million people over the past 20 years. For developing countries, the prevalence of undernourishment has fallen from 23.2 to 14.9 percent over the period 1990-2010.
A Womens’ Issue
60 percent of the world’s hungry are women. If women in rural areas had the same access to land, technology, financial services, education and markets as men, the number of hungry people could be reduced by 100-150 million.
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.
Every five seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases. 1 out of 6 infants are born with a low birth weight in developing countries, and a third of all deaths in children under the age of five in developing countries are linked to under nutrition. Malnutrition from the time of birth until the age of 2 can cause serious stunting in a child’s mental and physical development.
8% of the world’s undernourished people live in developing countries. In developing countries, 1.4 billion people are living on $1.25 a day or less. For $0.25 a child can receive all of the vitamins and nutrients he or she needs to grow up healthy.
Climate Changes Everything
By 2050, climate change and erratic weather patterns will have pushed another 24 million children into hunger.
50 percent of hungry people are farming families. 75 percent of the world’s poorest people — 1.4 billion women, children, and men — live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood.
1.7 billion people lack access to clean water. 2.3 billion people suffer from water-borne diseases each year. 12 percent of the world’s population uses 85 percent of its water, and none of the 12 percent lives in developing countries.
Hunger is considered the one of the biggest solvable problems facing the world today. Charities like The Hunger Project are working to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world. As a We-Care.com user, you can support The Hunger Project every time you shop, book travel, and search online. Just visit thp.we-care.com/GetStarted.