Poverty, Hunger and Starvation worldwide
Absolute poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy afflict more than one fifth of the world's population. Over 120 million people worldwide are officially unemployed and many more underemployed. More women than men live in absolute poverty and the imbalance continues to grow. Each day, more than 40,000 children die from the scourges of poverty, which includes hunger, malnutrition, disease, and epidemics.
Poverty manifest itself in many forms, including lack of income and productive resources sufficient to ensure sustainable livelihood, hunger and Mal-nutrition, ill health, limited or lack of access to education.
Hunger & Starvation
In today's scenario, more than one billion people are chronically hungry. Every year 13 to 18 million people die as a result of hunger and starvation. Every 24 hours, 35,000 human beings die as a direct or indirect result of hunger and starvation. In every 24 minutes 18 of whom are children under five years of age. The Wold Bank, in a different but no less serious language estimates that in 1980, 340 million people in developing countries did not have enough income to attain a minimum food energy standard, while 730 million fell below a standard that would allow an active working life.