How many people die from hunger each year?

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People who died from hunger

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People who died from hunger

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Far too many! Luckily the number...
is falling.

Top 5 facts about deaths from hunger

1

Every second a person dies of hunger

Right now, more than 1 billion people suffer from hunger. This means that 1 in every 6 people on Earth don’t get enough food to live a healthy life. This year 36 million of these people will die of hunger!


2

The world’s biggest health problem

The number of people suffering from hunger has been growing since the mid 1990s. Well into the 21st century hunger is still the worlds biggest health problem.


3

A growing problem

The number of people who suffer from hunger grew by 75 million in 2007 and by 40 million in 2008. This is partly because food prices have been rising.


4

Children are especially vulnerable

Every 5 seconds a child under 5 dies because of hunger, or of directly related causes.


5

What to do?

Solving the hunger problem is an enormous challenge. But even so, we can all play a part of the solution. Read more in our themes about food and trade & poverty.



Deaths from hunger

According to Jean Ziegler (the United Nations special rapporteur) in 2006, more than 36 million died of hunger or diseases due to deficiencies in micronutrients. Most of them are women and children, particularly in developing countries.


Every second a person dies of hunger

The world’s biggest health problem

A growing problem

Children are especially vulnerable

What to do?

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