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Nourish the Children

Nourish the Children

In 2015, 800 million people continued to go to bed hungry each night. This means that one in nine people on this planet do not have access to the nutrients and vitamins essential for proper development and health.


The vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in the developing world: 780 million people or almost 96 percent of the world’s chronically hungry and undernourished population. The Caribbean, Oceania, Southern Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa are home to the majority of the worlds hungry and undernourished. In fact, 281 million hungry people live in just Southern Asia alone. In sub-Saharan Africa, 23 percent of the continent’s population is chronically hungry and undernourished. Despite the fact that the overall rate of hunger has declined in the region, population increases mean that since 1990, 44 million more Africans now live with chronic hunger.

Nourish the Children

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As with many issues that are exacerbated by extreme poverty, it’s often the youngest and most vulnerable who are hurt the most. The world’s children are disproportionately affected by food and nutrition shortages. As of 2015, 90 million children under the age of five, one in seven worldwide are underweight. Ninety percent of the world’s hungry children live in just two regions: Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Living with chronic hunger and malnutrition puts children at risk of dying from common colds and infection. And even if children do recover from these diseases, their recovery times are often delayed.


Micronutrient deficiency affects 2 billion people - over 25% of the global population - making them susceptible to long-term, irreversible health effects, as well as having damaging socio-economic consequences.

If women farmers had the same access to productive resources as men, it could reduce the number of hungry people in the world by up to 17% due to increased crop yields.

Although the global target of reducing poverty (the number of people living on less than $1.25 per day) by half from the 1990 level of 36% to 18% was achieved in 2010, the number of people living in extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa increased from 290 million to 414 million in the same period.

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