World Food Day: Facts About World Hunger

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Kolkata: The world produces enough food to feed everyone, yet 800 million people go hungry. On World Food Day, consumers who have the good fortune of living in countries where the grocery store shelves are always well-stocked are being reminded to do their part in reducing world hunger.

This year’s event is themed after food security and migration: More people have been forced to flee their homes than at any other time since the Second World War, for reasons that range from climate change, poverty, political or economic pressures.

The theme falls under the FAO’s overarching goal to eliminate world hunger, a goal they say is completely within arm’s reach: Of the 129 countries monitored, 72 have already halved the proportion of people who suffer from hunger in 2015.

Over the last 20 years, child mortality rates for kids under five have also been cut by half, while extreme poverty rates have been cut in half since 1990.

* The world produces enough food to feed everyone, yet, about 800 million people suffer from hunger. That is one in nine people — 60% of whom are women.

* Hunger kills more people every year than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combined.

*Around 45% of infant deaths are related to malnutrition.

* 1.9 billion people — more than a quarter of the world’s population — are overweight.

* One third of the food produced worldwide is lost or wasted.

* The world will need to produce 60% more food by 2050 to feed a growing population.

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