It is important for each of us to know the facts about poverty and world hunger.
- Approximately 925 million people across the world are hungry.
- More than 9 million children under age 5 die every year, and malnutrition accounts for more than one-third of these deaths. Most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
- About 5.6 million deaths of children worldwide are related to under-nutrition. This accounts for 53 percent of the total deaths for children under 5.
- More than 140 million or 25 percent of all children in developing countries are underweight and at risk from the long-term effects of malnourishment.
- More than 6 million children die from malnutrition each year.
- Worldwide, 161 million preschool children suffer from chronic malnutrition.
- Already 923 million people worldwide are undernourished, and there are more than 9 million deaths related to hunger each year.
ECHO offers hope in the face of these problems through sustainable, affordable agricultural solutions to hunger. We offer trainings, workshops and conferences to equip people with skills and resources to reduce hunger and improve lives. Learn More:
Does the world produce enough food to feed everyone?
The world produces enough food to feed every person on the planet. World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase. This is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day according to the most recent estimate that we could find. (FAO 2002, p.9). The principal problem is that many people in the world do not have sufficient land to grow, or income to purchase, enough food.
ECHO's response to this inequality is to empower small-holder farmers to increase their harvests, while also increasing the nutritional diversity of their crops. By equipping farmers to provide for their own families, we are creating sustainable solutions to hunger. Learn More: