Daily Archives: May 18, 2009

Open your eyes.

Starvation and poverty exists.
Starvation exists.

  • 25,000 people die every day from hunger and related causes.
    Source: World Food Programme, 2009. http://beta.wfp.org/hunger-stats
  • 963 million people currently do not have enough to eat. This is an increase of 40 million since the beginning of 2008.
    Source: FAO, 2008. http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/8836/icode/

  • 907 million people in developing countries alone are hungry.
    Source: World Food Programme, 2009. http://beta.wfp.org/hunger-stats

  • Every 6 seconds a child dies because he or she is hungry.
    Source: World Food Programme, 2009. http://beta.wfp.org/hunger-stats

  • The world produces enough food to feed everyone. Total food production in calories per person per day has increased by 25 percent since 1961 and is more than sufficient to feed every person on earth 2800 calories per day. The principal problem is that many people in the world do not have sufficient land to grow, or income to purchase, enough food.
    Source: FAOSTAT Agriculture Data: Food Supply, Crops, Primary Equivalent. February, 2004.
  • There are about 1 billion people in the world living at the margin of survival on less than $1 a day. 2.6 billion people live on less than $2 per day – which is 40% of the world’s population. Over 800 million of these poor suffer from chronic hunger, which means that their daily intake of calories is insufficient for them to lead active and healthy lives.
    Source: UNDP Human Development Report 2007/2008.
  • Hunger is on the rise: The number of hungry people in the developing world reached 17% in 2007, compared to 16% in 2003-2005.
    Source: World Food Programme, 2009. http://beta.wfp.org/hunger-stats
  • In the least developed countries of the world, 141 children out of 1,000 die before their fifth birthday. By comparison, in the United States 8 children in 1,000 will die before turning five years old.
    Source: The World Bank, Data and Statistics, MDGs, 2008.  http://go.worldbank.org/9376HMEI40

  • The number of undernourished people in the world increased by 75 million in 2007, largely due to higher food prices.
    Source: World Food Programme, 2009. http://beta.wfp.org/hunger-stats

Be aware of the poverty and famine around you. It is essential to our growth as a human race. But will it take a picture of a hungry child to get you to care? Will it take a few statistics from a reliable source? What will it take for you to get up out of your chair and ask “why?” Why are there injustice? Why are they rampant throughout the world? Why are children going to bed hungry tonight? Why aren’t I doing everything in my power to stop it?

I am truly asking, because I don’t know anymore.