10 Facts About World Hunger in 2020

World hunger is one of the main problems that our world faces today. What do we know about world hunger? Who is most affected by it? It is important that we know what is going on in the world so that we can try and help as much as we can. Here are 10 facts about world hunger

 

  • The world produces enough food to feed everyone 

There is enough food in the world to feed 10 billion people, yet world hunger continues to be an issue. The reason for this is because hunger is not due to lack of food, but because of poverty and inequality.  

  • Poverty is the main cause of hunger

There is an unequal distribution of income and the lack of resources results in millions of people being unable to properly provide for themselves and their families, thus not having access to supplies or food. 

  • 820 million people are hungry around the world

In 2019, over 820 million people did not have enough food to eat. 2019 marked the third year in a row that the number increased, according to the UN. 

  • Almost 1 in every 15 children dies before the age of 5 in developing countries

This is due to lack of resources. Most child deaths can be treated with simple solutions, such as immunization, proper nutrition and access to safe food and water. However, due to lack of resources within developing countries, the statistic remains.

  • Over 75% of the world’s malnourished children live in countries affected by conflict

Countries that experience conflict and violence are found to have more people who suffer from hunger. Sudan and Yemen are two examples of war-ridden countries today facing famine and poverty.

  • ⅛ of Asia is hungry

1/8th of the population of the largest continent on earth are hungry. Almost half a billion people are malnourished in Asia, despite its economic development. Most of those who are suffering from hunger in Asia are children. 

  • Women and girls make up 60% of the world’s hungry

Women and girls have a higher chance of being affected by hunger in every continent than men do. This is due to gender inequality that results in pay gaps, which in turn results in poor living conditions and an inability to provide for themselves and children. 

  • Farmers are vulnerable members to food insecurity

While about 70% of our world food supply comes from farmers, herders and fisherman, they are among the most vulnerable to food insecurity, especially those in rural areas.

  • There has been a reduction of around 34% in global hunger since 1990

World hunger isn’t a light subject. But amongst the tragic, there is some good news. In 1990, around 19% of the world population were undernourished. As of 2018, it dropped to 11%. The world’s goal is to end hunger worldwide by 2030.  

  • There’s still a chance to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal for hunger

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to end hunger continues to be a priority. We can end world hunger once and for all. Together, let’s take a step towards making the world a better place for everyone. Donate today https://humaniticharity.org/causes/share-meal/

Sources:

https://www.thp.org/knowledge-center/know-your-world-facts-about-hunger-poverty/

https://www.mercycorps.org/blog/quick-facts-global-hunger

https://www.worldvision.org/hunger-news-stories/global-hunger-facts

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