World Hunger: Problems, Causes, Effects and Solutions
Asia and the Pacific: 578 million
Latin America and the Caribbean: 53 million
Near East and North Africa: 37 million
Developed countries: 19 million
World Hunger is can be attributed to poverty, harmful cultural norms, a global population boom, and food shortages (worldhunger.org). According to the Bread for the World organization, in “Around the world, 178 million children under 5 are stunted, low height for age. Of all stunted children, 90 percent live in just 36 countries, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Central Asia.” Also, “In countries with high levels of childhood malnutrition, the economic loss can be as high as 2-3 percent of GDP” (bread.org). Countries that deny women equal opportunity rights because of cultural norms create a major contribution to poverty and thus hunger. Two-thirds of the world’s poor are illiterate females (The Hunger Project). Global food prices rising coupled with the lack of an
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