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Food Crisis

THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE WORLD IS HUNGER

Every 10 seconds, a child dies from a hunger-related disease. Every day, 22,000 children die due to poverty, and every year, 3.1 million children die from malnutrition.  A food crisis is a lack of food in a country.

Malnutrition is a global epidemic that magnifies the effects of every disease.  Similarly, these diseases include measles and malaria.  Also, affected are people’s ability to learn.  The world food crisis is of paramount importance to the My Wow Factor Charity’s aim to feed hungry children and reduce the mortality rate of children under five.

Developing countries contribute up to 98 per cent of the 795 million hungry people in the world, reported the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in 2018.  Two-thirds of undernourished people live in just seven countries (Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia and Pakistan.)  Today’s food crisis is most severe in sub-Saharan Africa, at 23.2 per cent in 2018.

  • Globally, 50.5 million under-five-year olds were wasted (or low weight for height) in 2017 (UNICEF, WHO, & The World Bank, 2018).
  • Approximately two-thirds of all wasted children under five years old lived in Asia and over one-quarter in Africa, with similar proportions for severely wasted children (UNICEF, WHO, & The World Bank, 2018).
  • Globally 150 million under-five-year olds were estimated to be stunted in 2017. (UNICEF, WHO, & The World Bank, 2018).

Political and economic systems are the underlying cause of poverty and hunger.  However, agriculture globally produces 17 per cent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 per cent population increase.  In other words, there is enough food in the world to feed everyone.  Therefore, providing everyone with at least 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day.

For instance, the major problem of the food crisis is insufficient land to grow food or income to purchase enough food.  In addition, research by the UN (FAO) shows that investment in agriculture is five times more efficient in reducing poverty and hunger than investment in any other sector.  Therefore, investment in improving land management, using water more efficiently, and making more resistant seed types available significantly improves a food crisis. In conclusion, feeding programmes in 20 different countries are made possible by our Australian partner, Feed The Hungry.  Our 2019 goal is to be a part of the opportunity with your help to feed over 250,000 hungry children daily with fortified-protein rice meals. Thank you.

Source: Feed The Hungry, Global Issues, UNICEF, World Food Program, The Hunger Project, World Hunger and Poverty Facts 2018.

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