People in poverty generally spend between 60 and 80 percent of their income on food, which can force them to prioritize feeding their families over meeting other basic needs or reaching long-term goals, like sending their children to school.
If an emergency strikes, they may need to skip meals in order to cope financially — and the cycle of hunger continues.
Mercy Corps takes a multi-pronged approach to helping end world hunger, including implementing programs that tackle the multiple drivers of food security, while also engaging in policy discussions that influence our programs.
Learn about this work and what is being done to stop world hunger below.
Learn more about the global goal to eradicate global hunger by 2030, and about the other Sustainable Development Goals. UN agencies and other humanitarian partners urgently need funding to combat famine and hunger worldwide.
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Over 500 million live in Asia and the Pacific, in countries like Afghanistan and Timor-Leste, while 243 million live in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Food Security Information Network reports the worst food crises in 2017 were in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan, where famine was declared in two counties.
Despite decades of progress in reducing world hunger, 2017 saw increases in the number of people who are hungry.
More than 820 million people still go to bed hungry every night — that’s one in every nine people who don’t have the food they need to live a healthy, productive life.