In the Asian, African and Latin American countries, well over 500 million people are living in what the World Bank has called “absolute poverty.”
Every year 15 million children die of hunger.
The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the world is well-fed, one-third is under-fed, and one-third is starving. Since you’ve begun reading this article, at least 200 people have died of starvation. More than 4 million will die this year.
One in twelve people worldwide is malnourished, including 160 million children under the age of 5.
The Indian subcontinent has nearly half the world’s hungry people. Africa and the rest of Asia together have approximately 40 percent, and the remaining hungry people are found in Latin America and other parts of the world.
Half of all children under five years of age in South Asia and one third of those in sub-Saharan Africa are malnourished.
Malnutrition is implicated in more than half of all child deaths worldwide – a proportion unmatched by any infectious disease since the Black Death.
About 183 million children weigh less than they should for their age.
To satisfy the world’s sanitation and food requirements would cost $13 billion – what the people of the United States and the European Union spend on perfume each year.
The assets of the world’s three richest men are more than the combined GNP of all the least developed countries on the planet.
Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger.
It is estimated that some 800 million people in the world suffer from hunger and malnutrition, about 100 times as many as those who actually die from it each year.