Electronic Journal of Biotechnology ISSN: 0717-3458
  © 2001 by Universidad Católica de Valparaíso -- Chile
Vol. 4 No. 2, Issue of August 15, 2001

Box 2: Hunger

  • Drought, natural disasters, armed conflicts, poverty, malnutrition contribute to hunger in more than 20 countries e.g., in Afghanistan, Angola, Sudan, and Tajikstan

  • 830 million people suffer, worldwide, from malnutrition and hunger

  • About 33,000 people starve to death everyday

  • 800 million, at least, suffer from malnutrition

  • 790 million live in developing countries, often, home of the poor and hungry

  • 200 million are children under 5 years of age

  • 100 million go hungry due to drought

  • The undernourished

  • In sub-Saharan Africa (180 million), in Asia (525 million), and in Latin America (53 million) subsist on 1,800 calories per day or less

  • Only in rare cases is hunger due to actual shortfalls of food

  • As a rule it is a direct consequence of dire poverty

Sources: Novartis, Union of Concerned Scientists, World Food Programme


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