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Hunger Stats

September 7th, 2011
  • 925 million people do not have enough to eat  and 98 percent of them live in developing countries.(Source: FAO news release, 14 September 2010)
  • Asia and the Pacific region is home to over half the world’s population and nearly two thirds of the world’s hungry people. (Source: FAO news release, 2010)
  • Women make up a little over half of the world’s population, but they account for over 60 percent of the world’s hungry. (Source:  Strengthening efforts to eradicate hunger…, ECOSOC, 2007)
  • 65 percent  of the world’s hungry live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia. (Source: FAO news release, 2010)
  • Undernutrition contributes to five million deaths of children under five each year in developing countries. (Source: Under five deaths by cause, UNICEF, 2006)
  • One out of four children – roughly 146 million – in developing countries is underweight (Source: The State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, 2007)
  • More than 70 percent of the world’s underweight children (aged five or less) live in just 10 countries, with more than 50 per cent located in South Asia alone. (Source: Progress for Children: A Report Card on NutritionUNICEF, 2006)
  • 10.9 million children under five die in developing countries each year. Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60 percent of the deaths. (Source: The State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, 2007)
  • Iron deficiency is the most prevalent form of malnutrition worldwide, affecting an estimated 2 billion people. Eradicating iron deficiency can improve national productivity levels by as much as 20 percent. (Source:  World Health Organization, WHO Global Database on Anaemia)
  • Iodine deficiency is the greatest single cause of mental retardation and brain damage, affecting 1.9 billion people worldwide. It can easily be prevented by adding iodine to salt. (Source:  World Nutrition Situation 5th report ,UN Standing Committee on Nutrition2005)