WORLD HUNGER STATISTICS
• About 6.5 billion people in world
• More than 850 million people in the world are malnourished — 799
million of them live in the developing world.
• 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
• 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 sub-Saharan Africa.
• 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
• 850 million people (13% of world's population) go to bed hungry
every day. They are far more concerned about finding something to
eat (Food Security) than about the safety of their food.
• In many countries, safety of water will need to be achieved before
safety of other foods will be considered.