Ten Facts about World Hunger

From the World Food Program

  1. In 2015, some 795 million people in the world did not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That's about one in nine people on earth. 
  2. The vast majority of the world's hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished. 
  3. Asia is the continent with the most hungry people—two-thirds of the total population. The percentage in southern Asia has fallen in recent years but in western Asia, it has increased slightly.
  4. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. One in four persons is undernourished. 
  5. Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five: 3.1 million children each year.  
  6. One in four of the world's children are stunted. In developing countries the proportion can rise to one in three.
  7. One out of six children—roughly 100 million—in developing countries is underweight.
  8. If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million. 
  9. Sixty-six million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
  10. WFP calculates that U.S. $3.2 billion is needed per year to reach all 66 million hungry school-age children. 

Our Projects

BGR projects are designed to provide direct food aid to people afflicted by hunger and malnutrition, to promote ecologically sustainable agriculture, to support the education of girls and women, and to give women an opportunity to start right livelihood projects to support their families. This is a selection of nine of our current 29 projects. Please select "Current Projects" from the menu on the left to see them all.