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Learn about the Famine

Where Hunger Exists

There are 795 million chronically hungry people in the world. Where do they live?*

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*Why don’t these numbers add up to 795? Because the small remaining amount of hungry people live in the developed world — in countries like the U.S.

The story behind the numbers

  • Asia has the highest number of hungry people . . . but it also has the biggest population.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest percentage of hungry people.
  • There are over 200 million fewer hungry people in developing countries today than there were in the early 1990s.

Typical foods in hunger-affected countries

  • Zambia: “mealie meal” (ground corn and water)
  • Kenya: corn, beans
  • Bangladesh: rice, lentils (a cousin of beans)
  • Afghanistan: flatbread, yogurt
  • China: rice, noodles
  • Bolivia: potatoes, beans

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How the funds your group raises actually fight hunger.
People like you helped make big headway against hunger in 2014.