Here are some statistics about hunger
from the website of CARE - an organization dedicated to fighting global
More than 840 million
people in the world are malnourished — 799 million of them live in the
More than 153 million of
the world's malnourished people are children under the age of 5.
Six million children under
the age of 5 die every year as a result of hunger.
Malnutrition can severely
affect a child's intellectual development. Malnourished children often
have stunted growth and score significantly lower on math and language
achievement tests than do well-nourished children.
Lack of dietary diversity
and essential minerals and vitamins also contributes to increased child
and adult mortality. Vitamin A deficiency impairs the immune system,
increasing the annual death toll from measles and other diseases by an
estimated 1.3 million-2.5 million children.
While every country
in the world has the potential of growing enough food to feed itself, 54
nations currently do not produce enough food to feed their populations,
nor can they afford to import the necessary commodities to make up the
gap. Most of these countries are in
Most of the widespread
hunger in a world of plenty results from grinding, deeply rooted poverty.
In any given year, however, between 5 and 10 percent of the total can be
traced to specific events: droughts or floods, armed conflict, political,
social and economic disruptions.