After decades of steady decline, the number of people who suffer from hunger – as measured by the prevalence of undernourishment – began to slowly increase again in 2015. Current estimates show that nearly 690 million people are hungry, or 8.9 percent of the world population – up by 10 million people in one year and by nearly 60 million in five years.
The world is not on track to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. If recent trends continue, the number of people affected by hunger would surpass 840 million by 2030.
According to the World Food Programme, 135 million suffer from acute hunger largely due to man-made conflicts, climate change and economic downturns. The COVID-19 pandemic could now double that number, putting an additional 130 million people at risk of suffering acute hunger by the end of 2020.
With more than a quarter of a billion people potentially at the brink of starvation, swift action needs to be taken to provide food and humanitarian relief to the most at-risk regions.
At the same time, a profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish the more than 690 million people who are hungry today – and the additional 2 billion people the world will have by 2050. Increasing agricultural productivity and sustainable food production are crucial to help alleviate the perils of hunger.
Source: UN/Sustainable Development Goals
It only takes $1.66 to feed a hungry child… Around the world, over 820 million people don’t have enough to eat. Every 3.6 seconds, 1 of these people will die due to starvation. We need to stop this, or thousands of lives will needlessly be lost. This is where your Sadaqah and Zakat can make a big difference!
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Feed Our World aims to fight hunger and malnutrition in crisis-hit countries, providing both short-term relief and long-term interventions. Distributing meals and food packs immediately relieves the hunger crisis and help families get by. But ultimately, it is Penny Appeal’s goal to eliminate hunger through sustainable food projects.
Giving communities long-term solutions to help them put food on the table for their families is truly the only way to end hunger poverty. You can help us Feed Our World forever by supporting one of our sustainable food projects for as little as $50 a month!
Please donate towards our sustainable food programmes to change lives for generations to come; provide agricultural training to communities in need; help rural people learn climate-resilient farming, or give livestock such as chickens, sheep and goats to help someone start their new career.