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In 2017, it is estimated that 821 million people were suffering from hunger,1 124 million suffer from acute hunger.2 Additionally, a third of women worldwide are anaemic, affecting the lives of both them and their children.3 Seven and a half percent of all children around the world under the age of five are classified as wasting — a low weight to height ratio. Approximately 875,000 deaths were attributed to wasting in 2013.4 In 2017, the prevalence of undernourishment (PoU) reached 10.9 percent.5 In Africa alone, the PoU is 21 percent, and in South America, the PoU is 5.0 percent.6 Though the world is equipped with enough food for its population one third of people are malnourished.7 Ninety eight percent of the world’s undernourished population lives in developing nations.8 Asia has over 515 million hungry people, Sub-Saharan Africa has 236.5 million and Latin America has 32.3 million.9 60 percent of the world’s hungry population is comprised of women.10 One hundred sixty one million people worldwide today use untreated surface water, and 150 million of those live in rural areas.11 Around a third of the world’s food is lost or wasted annually — 1.3 billion tons — including 35 percent of all fish and seafood, and 45 percent of fruits and vegetables produced for human consumption.12 Show References
1 http://www.fao.org/state-of-food-security-nutrition/en/ 2 https://www.concernusa.org/content/uploads/2018/10/GHI-2018.pdf 3 http://www.fao.org/state-of-food-security-nutrition/en/ 4–5 Ibid 6 http://www1.wfp.org/zero-hunger 7 https://www.thp.org/knowledge-center/know-your-world-facts-about-hunger-poverty/ 8–11 Ibid 12 http://www.fao.org/state-of-food-security-nutrition/en/
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