Monday, October 16, 2006

Hunger - World Food Day

More than 850 million people go to bed hungry every night, and this number is growing by 5 million a year .

In Haiti, clay moulded into 'mud-pies' and laid out to bake in the sun, is eaten for its calcium.

Somewhere in the world, a child dies of hunger every . According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, more than five million children a year die of hunger.

The number of severely undernourished people in the world is equivalent to the combined population of the United States, Canada and the European Union . The total number of undernourished people worldwide is 852 million: 815 million in developing countries, 28 million in countries in transition and nine million in industrialised countries.

There is enough excess food in the UK to feed all the hungry people in Ethiopia . Once the UK’s 60 million people have met their daily nutritional requirements, there is sufficient food left over to feed 33 million people. There are an estimated 31 million undernourished people in Ethiopia.

Each year, hunger claims as many lives as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined . One in nearly seven people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life, making hunger and malnutrition the number one risk to health worldwide.

The average number of kilocalories available for consumption in some of Africa’s poorest countries is 1,660 kilocalories per person per day. This is the same as someone in a developed country eating a cheese burger, chips, large fizzy drink and ice cream .

What is the biggest single cause of hunger? Living in poverty .
In quantitative terms, there is sufficient food available to feed the global population of 6.4 billion people but most of the world’s hungry simply do not have the money to buy or produce it.

Stats found here

Shall it always be a Red Nose Day response to hunger or the Red Flag ?

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