ONDEROMBAPA: Of the total estimated world population of 6.8 billion people, about 925 million of them do not have enough to eat – the bulk of whom live in developing countries.
These figures formed part of World Food Day celebrations on Thursday, held at the Onderombapa settlement, some 120km south of Gobabis in the Aminuis Constituency of the Omaheke Region.
The statistics were released by The Hunger Project (THP), a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger
THP works in Africa, South Asia and Latin America, where it seeks to end hunger and poverty by empowering people to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs and build better futures for their children.
The organization draws its figures from various United Nations’ organisations such as the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
Meanwhile, the figures show that 98 per cent of the world’s undernourished people live in the developing world, which includes Namibia.
Two-thirds of the world’s hungry live in just 7 countries: Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia and Pakistan.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the second-most affected region, where an estimated 239 million people live in abject poverty.
A third of all childhood deaths in sub-Saharan Africa are caused by hunger, where every five seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases, the THP stated.
Asia and the Pacific top this list with 578 million people. Other regions in this category include Latin America and the Caribbean with 53 million hungry people, and the Near-East and North Africa with 37 million.
Only 19 million people are impoverished in the developed world.
In terms of demographics, 60 per cent of the world’s hungry are women, where up to 50 per cent of pregnant women in developing countries lack proper maternal care, resulting in over 300,000 maternal deaths annually from childbirth.
Also, the report states that one out of six infants are born with a low birthweight in developing countries, while malnutrition is the key factor contributing to more than one-third of all global child deaths, resulting in 2.6 million deaths per year.
World Food Day is aimed at bringing to the fore the plight of those who are hungry, and to create awareness of food security issues.