Undernourishment or Chronic Hunger is a state, lasting for at least one year, of inability to acquire enough food, defined as a level of food intake insufficient to meet dietary energy requirements. This means that 1 in 6 people are hungry.
Extreme poverty means that all of these people are deprived of their basic human needs, such as food, safe drinking water, sanitation, education, information, health, and shelter
More than a billion people live on less than $1.25 a day, which totals to $8.75 a week. This means that people in poverty can only spend $455 a year, whereas the average American spends $7,852 a year on food alone. This low amount of $1.25 a day could not even buy you one gallon of milk at market price.
As the largest and most populated continent, Asia is home to approximately 4.427 billion people. Unfortunately, more than 550 million people part of that population suffers from hunger.
A healthy amount of calories is 2,100, however, most people who are chronically hungry eat even less than 1,800 calories a day . For example, in Ethiopia, a child will only receive one piece a day of Injera, a traditional Ethiopian bread, which only has 166 calories and no nutritional value.
Each year, 3.1 million children die from hunger-related causes, which include diarrhea and malnutrition. Every 10 seconds a child dies from hunger
As a result of hunger, children are introduced to poor health, low levels of energy, and reductions in mental functioning. Hunger can lead to even greater poverty by reducing people's ability to work and learn.
India has a population of 1.1 billion, and 230 million of those people are undernourished. This makes India the hunger capital of the world. The prevalence of underweight children in India is among the highest in the world.
However, there's still so much more we can do. Opportunity is actively helping to end global hunger by providing a way of income through micro loans.