10 Facts About Hunger

Here are ten things to know to understand the global food and nutrition situation. Please help the World Food Programme (WFP) raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.

1) Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That's about one in nine people on earth. 

2) The vast majority of the world's hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished. 

3) Asia is the continent with the most hungry people – two-thirds of the total population. The percentage in southern Asia has fallen in recent years but in western Asia, it has increased slightly.

4) Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. One in four persons is undernourished. 

5) Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five - 3.1 million children each year.  

6) One in four of the world's children are stunted. In developing countries the proportion can rise to one in three.

7) One out of six children – roughly 100 million – in developing countries is underweight.

8) If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million. 

9) Sixty-six million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.

10) WFP calculates that US$3.2 billion is needed per year to reach all 66 million hungry school-age children.

Learn more about hunger and malnutrition from WFP's comprehensive list of Facts About Hunger and Malnutrition.

 

 


1. Source: State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2015
2. Source: State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2015
3. Source: State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2015
4. Source: State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2015
5. Source: Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition, The Lancet, 2013
6. Source: Global health Observatory, WHO, 2012
7. Source: Prevalence and Trends of Stunting among ... Children, Public Health Nutrition, 2012
8. Source: Women in Agriculture: Closing the Gender Gap for Development, FAO, 2011
9. Source:Two Minutes to Learn About School Meals, WFP, 2012
10. Source:Two Minutes to Learn About School Meals, WFP, 2012