Hunger is a problem worldwide. Over 800 million people are food-insecure, meaning that, on a regular basis, they do not have enough to eat.*Children suffer the most damage from hunger. 300 million children go hungry every day. Over 100 million children under the age of 5 are malnourished and underweight. Over 160 million children suffer from stunted growth. Hunger is the root cause of an estimated one million child deaths annually. A child dies of hunger every 10 seconds. Hunger kills more people every year than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combined.
The majority of hungry people live in developing regions. 24 percent of the residents of Sub-Saharan Africa (227 million) and 16 percent of the residents of Asia (553 million) are undernourished. Children who are severely malnourished are classified as wasted. Two thirds of all wasted children reside in Asia, mostly in the South Asian nations of India and Bangladesh, and nearly one third live in Africa.
Poverty and war are major causes of hunger. Poor people cannot afford food and often live in areas where there are food shortages. Malnourished people have reduced energy and cognitive functioning, making it more difficult for them to pursue work that could lift them out of poverty.
Though the United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the high cost of living and lack of social aid programs make food unaffordable at times for approximately 20 percent of the population, a far higher percentage than any Western European country. War disrupts the production and distribution of food. It also displaces people, forcing them to flee their homes for areas where there is often an inadequate food supply. 21 percent of undernourished people live in areas that are affected by violent conflict.
Hunger disproportionately affects women and children. Patriarchal societies limit women’s educational and professional opportunities, making them more vulnerable. 60 percent of the world’s hungry are women. Undernourished women are more likely to have undernourished children.
According to the Global Hunger Index, the African nations of Burundi and Eritrea have the worst hunger situations.
Joshua’s Heart’s goal is to stomp out hunger in every country on earth by empowering children all over the world to help distribute food in their communities. Your donations will help us expand our international relief efforts.
* data from World Hunger Education Service and Mercy Corps
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