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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

What we can do to help ease world hunger (part 2)

  • In the Asian, African and Latin American countries, well over 500 million people are living in what the World Bank has called "absolute poverty".
  • Every year 15 million children die of hunger.
  • For the price of one missile, a school full of hungry children could eat lunch every day for 5 years.
  • Throughout the 1990's more than 100 million children will die from illness and starvation. Those 100 million deaths could be prevented for the price of ten Stealth bombers, or what the world spends on its military in two days! 
  • The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the world is well-fed, one-third is under-fed one-third is starving- Since you've entered this site at least 200 people have died of starvation. Over 4 million will die this year. 
  • One in twelve people worldwide is malnourished, including 160 million children under the age of 5.
  • The Indian subcontinent has nearly half the world's hungry people. Africa and the rest of Asia together have approximately 40%, and the remaining hungry people are found in Latin America and other parts of the world. Hunger in Global Economy 
  • Nearly one in four people, 1.3 billion - a majority of humanity - live on less than $1 per day, while the world's 358 billionaires have assets exceeding the combined annual incomes of countries with 45 percent of the world's people. UNICEF 
  • Half of all children under five years of age in South Asia and one third of those in sub-Saharan Africa are malnourished.
  • In 1997 alone, the lives of at least 300,000 young children were saved by vitamin A supplementation programmes in developing countries.
  • Malnutrition is implicated in more than half of all child deaths worldwide - a proportion unmatched by any infectious disease since the Black Death.
  • About 183 million children weigh less than they should for their age
  • The assets of the world's three richest men are more than the combined GNP of all the least developed countries on the planet.
  • Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger.
  • It is estimated that some 800 million people in the world suffer from hunger and malnutrition, about 100 times as many as those who actually die from it each year.

Take Action: 
  • Influence public policy to support poor people. Governments play a key role in allocating resources and adopting policies that influence the lives of poor and hungry people. 
  • Contribute financially to reducing hunger and poverty.  While it is, in general, not possible to support individual poor families, it is possible to contribute to organizations that do support poor people. 
  • Work directly with poor people.


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