- 925 million people do not have enough to eat—more than the population of the USA, Canada and the European Union combined.
- 98 per cent of the world’s hungry live in developing nations.
- Asia and Pacific region is home to over half the world’s population and nearly two-third of the world’s hungry people.
- 65 per cent 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)
- Women make up a little over half of the world’s population, but they account for over 60 per cent of the world’s hungry.
(Source: ECOSOC, 2007)
- The cost of under nutrition to national economic development is estimated at US$20-30 billion per annum.
- More than 70 per cent of the world’s 146 million underweight children under age five years live in just 10 countries, with more than 50 per cent located in South Asia alone.
(Source: Progress for Children: A Report Card on Nutrition, UNICEF, 2006)
- 10.9 million Children under five die in developing countries each year. Malnutrition and hunger related diseases cause 60 per cent of the deaths.
- One out of four children, roughly 146 million, in developing countries are underweight.
(Source: The State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, 2007)