925 million people on the planet are hungry. That’s one in seven people on earth.
Experts agree that a concerted global effort to address malnutrition could save the lives of 3.5 million children a year.
A lack of nutritious food can have an irreversible effect on a young child’s mental and physical growth.
There is enough food in the world to feed everyone. It’s a question of access.
Malnourished mothers frequently give birth to underweight babies. Underweight babies are 20 percent more likely to die before the age of five.
Why hunger matters
Hunger affects nearly a billion people – that’s more than the combined populations of the United States, Canada and the European Union. But world hunger can seem relatively innocuous compared to the other threats we read in headlines every day. In reality, chronic hunger and malnutrition hinder human development on almost every level: socially, educationally, economically, mentally and physically. That’s how hunger traps people in poverty.
The vicious cycle of chronic hunger
The cycle is most often triggered by drought, armed conflict or natural disaster. Once it starts, people cease working to better themselves and have only one goal: feeding their family. Worse still, they will do practically anything to get food. With around a billion people in this situation, that makes for a very unpredictable future for all of us.
Hunger hinders children’s development
Lack of vitamin A alone accounts for the death of over 1 million infants a year. Up to 60% of children in the developing world suffer mental impairment from lack of iron. All told, lack of proper vitamins and minerals are directly related to a litany of permanent, life threatening conditions including birth defects, stunted growth, blindness, lowered immune response, anaemia, learning disabilities and mental retardation. All of which could be prevented with a few dollars worth of supplements.
Breaking the cycle
That’s our ray of hope: It takes that little to break the cycle. As little as five dollars can provide a month of nutritious meals to a hungry schoolchild. Fifty dollars can feed that child for a year and ensure they stay in school. It takes just one hundred and seventy dollars to feed an adult for a year, allowing them to seek employment and provide for others.
Making the world a better place starts with food. Food fuels education. Food fuels free choice. Food fuels economic independence. Food fuels peace. That’s why WeFeedback and WFP are determined to break the cycle of hunger. We need your support. Please join us.