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Hunger Across the World

November 15, 2010
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor

Living in the abundant United States, it is hard to believe so many people across the globe are continually going to bed hungry. In fact, more people die from hunger every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. That’s a lot of lives that could easily be saved. 

Here’s a snapshot of world hunger, provided by the World Food Programme:
  • From Africa and Asia to Latin America and the Near East, there are 1.02 billion people in the world who do not get enough food to lead a normal, active life.
  • 925 million people do not have enough to eat - more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union.
  • 98% of the world's hungry live in developing countries.
  • Asia and the Pacific region is home to over half the world’s population and nearly two thirds of the world’s hungry people.
  • Women make up a little over half of the world's population, but they account for over 60% of the world’s hungry.
  • 65% of the world's hungry live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia. 
  • More than 70% of the world's 146 million underweight children under age five years live in just 10 countries, with more than 50% located in South Asia alone.
  • 10.9 million children under five die in developing countries each year. Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60% of the deaths.
  • It is estimated that 684,000 child deaths worldwide could be prevented by increasing access to vitamin A and zinc.
  • Iodine deficiency is the greatest single cause of mental retardation and brain damage. Worldwide, 1.9 billion people are at risk of iodine deficiency, which can easily be prevented by adding iodine to salt.
You can help make a difference. When you donate to Farmers Feeding the World, your dollars will be joined with the contributions of thousands of others just like you to not only feed the hungry today, but also to educate the public about the critical role and responsibility of U.S. agriculture in fending off a global food crisis of unparalleled dimension as world population reaches more than 9 billion in the coming decades.

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