Approximately one billion people in the world today are chronically malnourished, and nearly half of them are children. Close to 2.6 million children die each year from poor nutrition, and those who survive are likely to experience stunted growth and negative physical, mental and emotional effects. Lack of food has an economic impact, too, with one World Bank report claiming that it can cost poor countries up to 3% of their annual GDP.
With numbers like that - and in the face of a looming famine in the Sahel region of Africa, following fast on the heels of last year's East African food crisis - it can be hard to remain optimistic about the world's ability to feed everyone.
However, the World Food Programme has launched a campaign to remind us of their message: that hunger is in fact a solvable problem. Not only does the planet have the capacity to produce enough food, but efforts by organizations like the WFP and others are working toward preventing future crises from occurring.
The WFP's Solving Hunger campaign released the following video today:
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