Hunger Stats

Time and again, authors, researchers and students look for statistics


hunger and malnutrition

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useful facts and figures


world hunger


  • 1.02 billion people do not have enough to eat – more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union;
    (Source: FAO news release, 19 June 2009)
  • The number of undernourished people in the world increased by 75 million in 2007 and 40 million in 2008, largely due to higher food prices;
    (Source: FAO news release, 9 Dec 2008)
  • 907 million people in developing countries alone are hungry;
    (Source: The State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2008)
  • Asia and the Pacific region is home to over half the world’s population and nearly two thirds of the world’s hungry people;
    (Source: The State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2008)
  • More than 60 percent of chronically hungry people are women;
    (SourceThe State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2006)
  • 65 percent  of the world’s hungry live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia.
    (SourceThe State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2008)


  • Every six seconds a child dies because of hunger and related causes;
    (SourceState of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2004)
  • More than 70 percent of the world’s 146 million underweight children under age five years live in just 10 countries, with more than 50 per cent located in South Asia alone;
    (SourceProgress for Children: A Report Card on Nutrition, UNICEF, 2006)
  • 10.9 million children under five die in developing countries each year. Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60 percent of the deaths;
    (SourceThe State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, 2007)
  • The cost of undernutrition to national economic development is estimated at US$20-30 billion per annum;
    (SourceProgress for Children: A Report Card on Nutrition, UNICEF, 2006)
  • One out of four children – roughly 146 million – in developing countries are underweight;
    (SourceThe State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, 2007)
  • Every year WFP feeds more than 20 million children in school feeding programmes in some 70 countries. In 2008, WFP fed a record 23 million children.
    (Source: WFP School Feeding Unit)


  • It is estimated that 684,000 child deaths worldwide could be prevented by increasing access to vitamin A and zinc
    (SourceWFP Annual Report 2007)
  • Undernutrition contributes to 53 percent of the 9.7 million deaths of children under five each year in developing countries. This means that one child dies every six seconds from malnutrition and related causes.
    (SourceUnder five deaths by cause, UNICEF, 2006)
  • Lack of Vitamin A kills a million infants a year
    (Source: Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency, A Global Progress Report, UNICEF)
  • Iron deficiency is the most prevalent form of malnutrition worldwide, affecting an estimated 2 billion people.6 Eradicating iron deficiency can improve national productivity levels by as much as 20 percent.
    (Source: World Health Organization, WHO Global Database on Anaemia)
  • Iron deficiency is impairing the mental development of 40-60 percent children in developing countries
    (Source: Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency, A Global Progress Report, p2, UNICEF)
  • Iodine deficiency is the greatest single cause of mental retardation and brain damage. Worldwide, 1.9 billion people are at risk of iodine deficiency, which can easily be prevented by adding iodine to salt
    (Source:  UN Standing Committee on Nutrition. World Nutrition Situation 5th report. 2005)
  • WFP-supported deworming reached 10 million children in 2007
    (Source: WFP Annual Performance Report 2007)



  • In a 1970 UN Resolution, most industrialised nations committed themselves to tackling global poverty by spending 0.7 percent of their national incomes on international aid by 1975. Only Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Denmark regularly meet his target
    (Source: DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) facts map, 2006-2007)
  • The 22 member countries of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, the world’s major donors, provided USD 103.9 billion in aid in 2006 – down by 5.1 percent from 2005
    (Source: OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2007)
  • The largest donors were the United States (US$24 billion), Japan (US$18 billion), the United Kingdom (US$13 billion), Germany and France (US$12 billion each), the Netherlands (nearly US$6 billion), Spain and Italy (just over US$4 billion each) representing 80 percent of the total
    (Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2007)


  1. Ohhhhhhhhhhh many a congratulations dear friend for the Blogger of the United Nations’ World Food Program. …………just read this…… thou I’m late but my wishes are true….. very well written…. congrats again.
    God Bless……..:))))))))))))))))))))))))


  2. Neeraj,

    Admire your this post for a positive reporting “for the people” and exposing the superficiality of the much trumpetted paper work on “Human Rights”. This is the folly of the human society. That is why some Englishman has said, “World’s most problems are created by the people of high intelligence with low morality”. This is not an exact quote but its off hand purport.

    I am glad that you are on the right on the right path of the “Fourth Pillar” of democracy.

    God bless you Neeraj

    Dr. O. P. Sudrania


    • Thank you Dr. Sudrania for the good words.

      I am glad you went through the post that may further spread with some great work that you are already doing for the mankind.

      Thanks again | Regards


  3. I notice that you have been declared Blogger of the United Nations’ World Food Program. You have done the Indian blogger community proud. Congratulations!


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