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Transcript of World Hunger
925 million hungry people in 2010
What are the causes of hunger?
Poverty is the principal cause of hunger. The causes of poverty include poor people's lack of resources, an extremely unequal income distribution in the world and within specific countries, conflict, and hunger itself. Harmful economic systems are the principal cause of poverty and hunger. Climate change Climate change is increasingly viewed as a current and future cause of hunger and poverty. Increasing drought, flooding, and changing climatic patterns requiring a shift in crops and farming practices that may not be easily accomplished are three key issues. Facts http://www.unc.edu/world/College_Updates_2009/world-globe.jpg http://www.unc.edu/world/College_Updates_2009/world-globe.jpg http://library.thinkquest.org/C002291/high/present/stats.htm In the Asian, African and Latin American countries, well over 500 million people are living in what the World Bank has called "absolute poverty"
For the price of one missile, a school full of hungry children could eat lunch every day for 5 years
One in twelve people worldwide is malnourished, including 160 million children under the age of 5. United Nations Food and Agriculture.
Nearly one in four people, 1.3 billion - a majority of humanity - live on less than $1 per day, while the world's 358 billionaires have assets exceeding the combined annual incomes of countries with 45 percent of the world's people. UNICEF
Malnutrition is implicated in more than half of all child deaths worldwide - a proportion unmatched by any infectious disease since the Black Death
To satisfy the world's sanitation and food requirements would cost only US$13 billion- what the people of the United States and the European Union spend on perfume each year.
The assets of the world's three richest men are more than the combined GNP of all the least developed countries on the planet.
Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger