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Mini Hunger Course

Who and how many are Hungry

  • International

    • 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 years.
    • 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 2010
    • 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:

    • In 1970, 918 million people worldwide (35%) were hungry.
    • In 1992, 841 million people (20%) were hungry.
    Progress has been made, but far to many still suffer needlessly.