5 Hungry Places


Developing nations account for 791 million or 98% of chronically undernourished people. These five regions account for the highest number of hungry people proportionate to population.

In drought-plagued Somalia, World Vision screens and treats children for malnutrition. There are 55,000 children in its feeding program.

According to The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014, published by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the World Food Program, the number of undernourished people in the world is 805 million, or one in nine.

This continues a downward trend worldwide from 18.7 percent in 1990 to 1992, to 11.3 percent in 2012 to 2014; and in developing nations, a drop from 23.4 percent to 13.5 in the same period.

Unacceptable hunger rates persist in the five worst spots

Unfortunately, it is not all good news. Developing nations account for 791 million or 98 percent of chronically undernourished people.

The five regions with the highest number of hungry people as a proportion of population include:

  • Sub-Saharan Africa:  23.8 percent
  • Caribbean:  20.1 percent
  • Southern Asia:  15.8 percent (but 17.3 percent without India)
  • Eastern Asia:   10.8 percent (but 13.5 percent without China)
  • Southeastern Asia:  10.3 percent

The report notes, “The greatest food security challenges overall remain in sub-Saharan Africa,” where every day more than one in four people lack adequate food. Yet, Asia has the highest number of hungry individuals (525.6 million).

Written by Denise Koenig

Photo © 2014 John Kisimir / World Vision

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