HUNGER


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Every year, authors, journalists, teachers, researchers, schoolchildren and students ask us for statistics about hunger and malnutrition. To help answer these questions, we’ve compiled a list of useful facts and figures on world hunger.

  1. 870 million people in the world do not have enough to eat. This number has fallen by 130 million since 1990, but progress slowed after 2008.
  2. The vast majority of hungry people (98 percent) live in developing countries, where almost 15% of the population is undernourished.
  3. Asia and the Pacific have the largest share of the world’s hungry people (some 563 million) but the trend is downward.
  4.  If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.
  5. Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
  6. One out of six children — roughly 100 million — in developing countries is underweight.
  7. One in four of the world’s children are stunted. In developing countries the proportion can rise to one in three.
  8.  80 percent of the world’s stunted children live in just 20 countries.
  9. 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
  10.  WFP calculates that US$3.2 billion is needed per year to reach all 66 million hungry school-age children.

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