Feeding the world’s poor

Far too many people go without food each day. The United Nations says the number who went hungry in 2021 was almost 820 million people.

And according to the World Food Program, 128.2 million people in more than 120 countries and territories received aid with either cash or food distributions in 2021.

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty will therefore be held on Monday October 17.

It will give the world:

  • An opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty;
  • A chance for people in poverty to make their concerns heard; and
  • A moment to recognise that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty.

About 698 million people, or 9% of the global population are living in extreme poverty – living on less than $1.90 a day. In addition, a lack of nourishing food contributes to almost half of all preventable deaths among children under five while 200 million children under five worldwide are malnourished.

And the problem is only getting worse according to world food agencies.

For details about the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty go to: sdg.iisd.org/events/international-day-for-the-eradication-of-poverty-2022/

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