Global Challenge
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Food Availability Challenge
Malnutrition Poverty and Economy

Over 5.6 billion of the world’s 6.7 billion people live in low and lower-middle income economies in which people generally have a lower standard of living.  Almost 1.4 billion people live below the international poverty line, earning less than US$1.25 per day.  Among this group of poor people, many have problems obtaining adequate and nutritious food for themselves and for their families. 

In 2009, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that over a billion people suffer more serious malnutrition.  They consume less than the minimum amount of calories essential for sound health and growth. This staggering statistic is partly the result of a slow but steady rise in the number of malnourished people over the past decade. The developing world bears almost the entire burden, with South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa the worst affected. Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world where malnutrition rates have worsened during the last two decade. 

Extreme poverty went up from 41 percent in 1981 to 46 percent in 2001.  The impacts of malnutrition can be severe.  Economic shocks are partly to blame. The 2006–2008 food and fuel crises priced millions of people out of access to basic staples.  The 2008-2009 global financial crisis is estimated to have added 100 million to the number of malnourished people in the world.

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