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About Global Hunger

Worldwide, the number of hungry people has dropped significantly over the past two decades, but 842 million people continue to struggle with hunger every day.

1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty — on less than $1.25 per day.

Each year, 2.6 million children die as a result of hunger-related causes.

But progress has been made. There has been a reduction of more than 34 percent in global hunger since 1990.

The target of halving the percentage of people suffering from hunger by 2015 is possible.

However, there are still an estimated 868 million people who are undernourished and more than 100 million children under age five who are undernourished and underweight.

Use our resources below to learn more about global hunger and how you can help end it.

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Stunting Graphic / Credit: Bread for the World

Hunger and Poverty Facts

Did you know? In 2008, nearly 9 million children died before their fifth birthday. One third of these deaths were due to hunger and malnutrition.

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Tohomina Akter / Photo by Laura Pohl for Bread for the World

Millennium Development Goals

The MDGs represent an unprecedented effort to better the lives of hungry and poor people around the world.

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Poverty-focused Development Assistance

U.S. development aid is essential to meeting the needs of the poorest countries; many lack the resources to finance their own development.

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Kenyan Mother with Baby / UN Photo by Kate Hold

Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative

Learn more about Feed the Future, a global hunger and food security initiative which seeks to address the root causes of hunger.

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