Know Your World: Facts About Hunger and Poverty
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- Although the number of undernourished people has dropped by over 20% since 1992 (216 million fewer than in 1990-92) today there are 795 million people – or one in nine people in the world – who do not have enough to eat.
- 98% of the world’s undernourished people live in developing countries.
- Where is hunger the worst?
- Aiming at the very heart of hunger, The Hunger Project is currently committed to work in Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India, Ghana, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Peru, Senegal and Uganda.
Women and Children
- 60 percent of the world’s hungry are women.
- 50 percent of pregnant women in developing countries lack proper maternal care, resulting in approximately 300,000 maternal deaths annually from childbirth.
- 1 out of 6 infants are born with a low birth weight in developing countries.
- Nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to under-nutrition. This translates into the unnecessary loss of about 3 million young lives a year.
- Every 10 seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases.
The Hunger Project firmly believes that empowering women to be key change agents is an essential element to achieving the end of hunger and poverty. Wherever we work, our programs aim to support women and build their capacity.
HIV/AIDS and other Diseases
- 36.9 million people are living with HIV/AIDS.
- 50 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS are women.
- 88 percent of all children and 60 percent of all women living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa.
- 6.3 million children died in 2013 – 17,000 a day- mostly from preventable health issues such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.
Launched in 2003, The Hunger Project’s HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Campaign works at the grassroots level to provide education about preventative and treatment measures. Read more about our work here.
- About 896 million people in developing countries live on $1.90 a day or less.
- 22,000 children die each day due to conditions of poverty.
Rural Hunger Project partners have access to income-generating workshops, empowering their self-reliance. Our Microfinance Program in Africa provides access to credit, adequate training and instilling in our partners the importance of saving.
- 70 percent of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood.
- 50 percent of hungry people are farming families.
In each region in which we work, The Hunger Project provides tools and training to increase farming production at the local level. In Africa, our epicenter partners run community farms where they implement new techniques while producing food for the epicenter food bank.
Water and sanitation
- 663 million people lack access to clean water.
- 2.4 billion people do not have adequate sanitation.
- Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases
The Hunger Project works with communities to develop new water resources, ensure clean water and improved sanitation, and implement water conservation techniques.