Access to Food
… 925 million people worldwide are estimated to be undernourished.
Every year, there are almost 5 million deaths of children under 5 due to poverty and malnutrition. That’s more than the entire population of Norway.
Right now, a further 150 million children under 5 in the developing world are malnourished and another 175 million are stunted in height due to poor diet and illness.
Whether due to environmental, agricultural, trade or sustainability issues, undernourishment can lead to “stunting,” “wasting” and in some cases brain damage… When other nutrition related risk factors are included, the annual death toll is equivalent to a disaster killing or disabling the entire population of a country larger than the USA.
This happens throughout the developing world…
More than 46% of all children under 5 in South Asia are underweight. South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have the highest levels of under nutrition in the world.
Malnourished children are frequently drawn to human traffickers, gangs and military groups as child soldiers through the promise of food and shelter. Children are unable to attend schooling because of their need to work for food for their families and are then exploited through child labour.
Why can’t everyone have enough to eat? Where are those of us that are willing to do something to help...?
For more info, visit:
UN World Food Programme (2007) ‘The World Food Situation’
UN World Food Programme, ‘What is Hunger’
World Health Organisation, ‘Malnutrition’
Doctors Without Borders, ‘Malnutrition’
UNICEF ‘Statistics; Underweight – the challenge’
UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) (2004) ‘The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2004’