Hungry people of the world

There is hunger in almost every corner of the world. In this lesson, we shall look at national level hunger and communities with persistent hunger.

Where are they located?

About 89% of undernourished people (including children) live in developing countries. The bulk (about 75%) of the world’s hungry are in the rural areas and villages in Africa and Asia. These dwellers are predominantly farmers and local craftsmen who depend on their farm produce for survival.

These folks have no other source of income. That makes them extremely vulnerable in the event of floods, fires, extreme weather, and diseases. Some folks also depend on fishing and forest resources as their only source of livelihood.

Where are the most hungry?
Where are the most hungry?

Hungry women and children

In the above-mentioned places, women and children suffer the most. Malnourished mothers and expecting mothers often give birth to underweight babies.

Children also remain stunted and grow up to pass on the condition to their children if their food conditions do not improve. Poor nutrition plays a role in at least half of the 10.9 million child deaths each year.

Did you know…

More than 30% of children in developing countries (about 600 million) live on less than the US $1 a day.

Every 3.6 seconds, one person dies of starvation. Usually, it is a child under the age of 5.