The sensation of hunger, a lack of food in your stomach, is universal.
But there are different forms of hunger which are each measured in
• Under-nourishment: food intake does not include enough calories (energy) to
meet minimum physical needs for an active life.
• At present, there are 842 million undernourished people worldwide, most of
them in developing countries.
• Malnutrition means 'badly nourished’: inadequate intake of protein, energy and
• Starved of the right nutrition, people will die from common infections like
measles or diarrhea.
• Wasting: indicates acute malnutrition that reflects a recent and severe process
that has led to substantial weight loss.
• This is usually the result of starvation and/or disease.
Approximately 870 million people in the world do not eat enough to be
That means that one in every eight people on Earth goes
to bed hungry each night. (Source: FAO, 2012)
66 million primary school-age children attend
classes hungry across the developing world, with
23 million in Africa alone.
Under-nutrition linked to one third of all deaths
in children under the age of five in developing
The first 1,000 days of a child’s life, from
pregnancy through age two, are the critical
window in which to tackle under-nutrition.
A proper diet in this period can protect children
from the mental and physical stunting that can
result from malnutrition.
One in four of the world's children are stunted.
In developing countries the proportion can rise to one in
15 month-old well-nourished
The United Nations World Food Programme
calculates that US$3.2 billion is needed per
year to reach all 66 million hungry school-age
(Approximately what the EU spends on ice cream)
The world produces enough food for
In fact, there is enough food for everyone to
have 2,800 calories a day, but many people do
not have access to food.
1. War & conflict
1. Weather & climate change
1. Agricultural practices
1. Population growth
These are South Sudanese
Think of all the other places in the
world where, right now, conflict &
war continue to force people from
their homes & livelihoods.
War & conflict
Somali drought & famine
This 2 year-old was nursed back to
health in a United Nations World Food
Program refugee camp.
Agricultural practices Weather & climate change
Investments in improving land management, using
water more efficiently and making more resistant
seed types available can bring big improvements.
1.4 billion people in developing countries live on $1.25 a day
Rural areas account for three out of every four people living
on less than $1.25 a day.
22,000 children die each day due to conditions of poverty.