12.26.2010

World's Starving Nations

Source: The Huffington Post
In 2009, the number of starving people in the world reached 1 billion. This staggering number (finally) caught peoples' attention. Through initiatives like 1billionhungry.org and MSF's Starved For Attention Campaign, 2010 saw 1 billion drop to around 925 million. Although 925 million is still an extremely dismal number, it is an improvement compared to 1 billion. 

Recently, the 2010 Global Hunger Index came out with a list of the the world's most starving nations. Not surprisingly, the Democratic Republic of Congo saw the biggest rise in its starving population from 2009 to 2010 as a result of the ongoing conflict there and its hunger situation is labeled as extremely alarming. In fact, the 4 countries ranked as 'extremely alarming' are located in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRC, Burundi, Chad, and Eritrea). 

As 2010 comes to a close, let's all create a New Years resolution to take a greater part in feeding the world's hungry - whether that be donating canned goods to your local food pantry, donating to the World Food Programme, or packing food with Feed My Starving Children (my mom and I packed 49,000 meals a week ago, which is enough food to feed 35 people for a year!).  Or take a few minutes out of each day to play WFP's Free Rice game or to take their Hunger Quiz which all feed starving people. 

Navigate the map below to see what countries ranked the worst on the Global Hunger Index and let's all work towards lowering the number of hunger people in this world in 2011. There is enough food in this world for everyone, it is just a matter of making it accessible and nutritional. Let's make 2011 the year to fight hunger!

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