Quick facts: What you need to know about global hunger

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Hunger is more than missing a meal. It’s a debilitating crisis that has almost one billion people in its grip.

Families struggling with chronic food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition don’t consistently have the food their minds and bodies need to function, which then prevents them from having the resources to improve their lives. It’s a perilous cycle that passes hunger from one generation to the next.

Around the world, 842 million people do not have enough of the food they need to live an active, healthy life. People suffering from chronic hunger are plagued with recurring illness, developmental disabilities and low productivity. They are often forced to use all their limited physical and financial resources just to put food on the table.

The highest number of malnourished people, 553 million, live in Asia and the Pacific, in countries like Indonesia and the Philippines. In sub-Saharan Africa, 227 million people face hunger in arid countries like Ethiopia, Niger and Mali. And 47 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean, in places like Guatemala and Haiti, are struggling to find enough to eat.

The majority of these hungry families live in rural areas where they widely depend on agriculture to survive.

Read more here: https://www.mercycorps.org/articles/quick-facts-what-you-need-know-about-global-hunger

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