2. the painful sensation or state of weakness caused by the need of food: to collapse from hunger.
3. a shortage of food; famine.
Most of the world’s hungry live in developing countries . According to the latest Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) statistics, there are 925 million hungry people in the world and 98 percent of them are in developing countries. They are distributed like this:
578 million in Asia and the Pacific 265 million in Sub-Saharan Africa 53 million in Latin America and the Caribbean 42 million in the Near East and North Africa
Nature: earthquake, floods, drought
War: displaced people, food used as a weapon, farm and wells mined
Poverty Trap: poor farmer cannot afford seeds and poor people cannot afford to buy food
Over-exploitation of environment: deforestation, overcropping and overgrazing
Harmful economic policies
Natural disasters such as floods, tropical storms and long periods of drought are on the increase -- with calamitous consequences for food security in poor, developing countries.
Drought is now the single most
common cause of food shortages
in the world.
Since 1992, the proportion of short and long-term food crises that can be attributed to human causes has more than doubled, rising from 15 percent to more than 35 percent. All too often, these emergencies are triggered by conflicts.
From Asia to Africa to Latin America,
fighting displaces millions of people
from their homes, leading to some
of the world's worst hunger
The poverty-stricken do not have enough money to buy or produce enough food for themselves and their families. In turn, they tend to be weaker and cannot produce enough to buy more food.
The poor are hungry and their
hunger traps them in poverty.
Many developing countries lack key agricultural infrastructure, such as enough roads, warehouses and irrigation. The results are high transport costs, lack of storage facilities and unreliable water supplies.
All conspire to limit
and access to food.
Poor farming practices, deforestation, over cropping and overgrazing are exhausting the Earth's fertility and spreading the roots of hunger.
Increasingly, the world's fertile
farmland is under threat from
erosion, salination and
Every year 15 million children die of hunger
Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger
To satisfy the world's sanitation and food requirements would cost only US$13 billion- what the people of the United States and the European Union spend on perfume each year.
For the price of one missile, a school full of hungry children could eat lunch every day for 5 years
More than 40% of people in low- or lower middle income households reported food insecurity.
Even in middle-income households, almost 25% reported at least one aspect of the problem.
About 18% of people aged 12 to 44 had experienced food insecurity.
18% increase in Food Bank use in 2009
87% people who use food bank are in rented accommodation
Create awareness of this important issue through education and fundraising by setting up a booths in Ashtonbee campus. Money raised goes to Foodbank.
Volunteer in organizations that work to reduce poverty and hunger such as Canada without poverty
Donate to the food bank
Call politicians to do
something about hunger
and poverty in Canada
Buy products that promote fair trade
Educate ourselves on global issues and how it impacts hunger and poverty example makehungerhistory.org campaign