Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dying of Hunger

Some simple facts from here :-
  • 923 million people go to bed hungry every night.
  • Hunger is a leading cause of death, killing an estimated 9 million people every year - more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
  • A child dies of hunger every 5 seconds
  • More than a quarter of children in developing countries is underweight
Enough food is produced globally to feed the planet .
Most of the world's hungry are not short of food because of a one-off disaster or crop failure but because of chronic, long-term poverty that means they cannot afford the food that is readily available in their local markets.

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