Someone might ask why this project? But in an attempt to answer this crucial question, allow me to answer your question with an alarming statistic on Hunger declared by the UN.
Every year, authors, journalists, teachers, researchers, school children and students ask us for statistics about hunger and malnutrition. To help answer these questions, we’ve compiled a list of useful facts and figures on world hunger. Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. One person in four there is undernourished. Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year. 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
What is hunger
Acute hunger or starvation is often highlighted on TV screens: hungry mothers too weak to nurse their children in drought-hit Ethiopia, refugees in war-torn Syria queuing for food rations, helicopters airlifting high energy biscuits to earthquake victims in Haiti or Pakistan. The body compensates for the lack of energy by slowing down its physical and mental activities. A hungry mind cannot concentrate, a hungry body does not take initiative, a hungry child loses all desire to play and study. Hunger also weakens the immune system. Deprived of the right nutrition, hungry children are especially vulnerable and become too weak to fight off disease and may die from common infections like measles and diarrhea. Each year, almost seven million children die before reaching the age of five; malnutrition is a key factor in over a third of these deaths.