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Hunger and Poverty Could Rise as World Population Reaches Seven Billion

Washington, DC, October 28, 2011

The world’s population is expected to climb to 7 billion at the end of October, according to a United Nations report.   The expected growth has increased concern that the number of hungry and poor people around the world will rise. 

With the continued increase in grain and global food prices, now is the time for the world to begin making investments in small holder farmers and nutrition improvements for women and children,” said Asma Lateef, director of Bread for the World Institute. “Making these small investments will yield great results.  Small farmers will be able to produce more food and healthier women and children will help contribute to stronger global economies.”


As the world population rises, much of the focus should be on developing countries, as that is where the need is greatest.  Currently: 

  • 60 percent of the world’s population live in the least developed countries.
  • Nearly 1 billion people in the world are hungry.
  • 2 billion people live on less than $2 a day.
  • 90 percent of the developing world’s chronically undernourished children live in Asia or Africa. 

According to the United Nations report, “State of World Population 2011,” Asia will remain the most populous area in the world in the 21st century, but Africa will gain ground as its population is expected to more than triple— increasing from 1 billion in 2011 to 3.6 billion in 2100.  The 8 billion mark will be reached in 2025, followed by 9 billion in 2043, and 10 billion in 2083.

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

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