- Over 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day with nearly half the world’s population (2.8 billion) living on less than $2 a day.
- From 1990 to 2002, in sub-Saharan Africa, although the poverty rate declined marginally, the number of people living in extreme poverty increased by 140 million.
- More than 800 million people go to bed hungry every day… 300 million are children. Of these 300 million children, only eight percent are victims of famine or other emergency situations. More than 90 percent are suffering long-term malnourishment and micronutrient deficiency.
- Every 3.6 seconds another person dies of starvation and the large majority are children under the age of 5.
- An estimated 824 million people in the developing world were affected by chronic hunger in 2003.
- In the early 1990s, the number of hungry people in Eastern Asia declined, but again it is on the rise.
- Every hour more than 1,200 children die away from the glare of media attention. This is equivalent to three tsunamis a month, every month. The overwhelming majority can be traced to a single pathology : poverty.
- In 2001–03, FAO estimates there were still 854 million undernourished people worldwide: 820 million in the developing countries, 25 million in the transition countries and 9 million in the industrialized countries.
- Every year six million children die from malnutrition before their fifth birthday.
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