Hunger Due to Poverty? Reality facts

hunger due to poverty

The people who died of hunger and malnutrition worldwide are about 8 million and in this figure 5 million are children. About 21,000 people die of hunger every day.

How much are hungry?

Hunger Due to People Suffered
Deficiency of Calories and Protein About 1.2 billion
Deficiency of Micronutrients (Vitamins & Minerals) About 2 to 3.5 billion
Excess of Fats & Salts causes obesity About 1.2 billion

There’s a plenty of food for everyone in this world but the distribution is not in good hands.

A lot of food is wasted all around:

In UK, about 30-40% food is wasted.

  • 15% British people threw food in dustbins.
  • Approximately, $38 billion is thrown away every year.

In Sweden, about a quarter of food is not eaten by small children which they threw away.

In Africa, due to lack of technology, a quarter or more crops is wasted before they can be eaten.

In Pakistan, about 40% of food is wasted in parties.

In India, $750 billion worth of food is wasted every year which is on-third of food.


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Top 10 countries that waste food:

Name of Country Food Wastage per person per Year
USA 760 kg
Australia 690 kg
Denmark 660 kg
Switzerland 650 kg
Canada 640 kg
Norway 630 kg
Netherlands 610 kg
Austria 560 kg
UK 560 kg
Ireland 560 kg

The reasons to food wastage is different all around but it creates problems not only financial but environmental.

Related causes of Hunger:

  • War
  • Over-Fishing
  • Lack of democratic rights
  • Insufficient agricultural training
  • Diversion of land use to non-productive use
  • Famine
  • Poor crop yield
  • More emphasis on exports

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