Nearly 1 Billion People Will Go To Bed Hungry Tonight

Children eat lunch, often their only meal of the day after school in the village of Intadeyni. Food is provided by Oxfam in an effort to encourage the children to attend school, the challenge to educate children in Mali still exists and particularly for girls. Female literacy rates never reach even 50 percent of male literacy rates. Mali has the highest percentage of people living below the poverty line in any country in the world. Ninety percent of Malians survive on less than two dollars a day.

    • 805 million people in the world do not have enough to eat. This number is down more than 100 million over the last decade, and 209 million lower than in 1990-92.
    • One in every nine people on our planet go to bed hungry each night.2014
    • Hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
    • The vast majority of hungry people (791 million) live in developing countries, where 13.5 percent of the population is chronically undernourished.
    • In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than one in four people remain chronically undernourished, while Asia, the world’s most populous region, is also home to the majority of the hungry – 526 million people.
    • Price and income swings can significantly affect the poor and hungry. When prices rise, consumers often shift to cheaper, less-nutritious foods, heightening the risks of micronutrient deficiencies and other forms of malnutrition, which can have long-term adverse effects on people’s health, development and productivity.
    • Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
    • One out of six children — roughly 101 million — in developing countries is underweight.
    • One in four of the world’s children are stunted — an indicator of chronic malnutrition and calculated by comparing the height-for-age of a child with a reference population of well nourished and healthy children. In developing countries the proportion rises to one in three.
    • 80 percent of the world’s stunted children live in just 14 countries.

 

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