Mini Hunger Course
Who and how many are Hungry
- The largest number of hungry people live in South Asia.
- The area with the highest ratio of hungry people is Afrcia
- 1.5 billion people live in extreme poverty—on less than $1.25 a day.
- 990 million people suffer from chronic hunger worldwide.
- In the Horn of Africa, 13 million people are on the brink of starvation, due to the region’s worst drought in 60
- A period of volatile food prices forecast over the next decade could lead to instability in poor countries, where
people in poverty already spend 50-80 percent of their income on food.
- More than one in seven Americans—including more than one in five children—lived below the poverty line ($22,113
for a family of four).
- The number of people at risk of hunger in the United States increased from 36.2 million in 2007 to 48.8 million in
- Food banks in the United States saw a 46 percent increase in clients seeking emergency food assistance between
2006 and 2010.
- Children have the highest poverty rate of any age group.
- US has the highest child poverty rate of any developed country.
Is Hunger increasing or decreasing?
Worldwide it has decreased over the last three decades, according to UN estimates:
Progress has been made, but far to many still suffer needlessly.
- In 1970, 918 million people worldwide (35%) were hungry.
- In 1992, 841 million people (20%) were hungry.