Know Your World

Hunger is not just about food. Hunger is inextricably linked to a nexus of issues including: economic equality, health, education, social justice, the rights of women and girls and climate change. As an organization committed to growth through learning, we pay close attention to these issues. To end hunger once and for all, it’s important for all of us to know our world.

World Population

8 billion people

World Hunger Facts

Chronic hunger and malnourishment is worst in Asia, Africa and Latin America — the very regions we work in at The Hunger Project.

Women and Children

Women as change agents are essential to achieving the end of hunger and poverty. Which is why, everywhere we work, our programs build the capacity of women.

  • Women and girls make up 60% of the world’s hungry.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, only 64% of births are attended by a medical doctor, midwife, or nurse.
  • There are about 20 million low birthweight infants born each year, 96.5% of them in developing countries.
  • Nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to under-nutrition. This translates into the unnecessary loss of about 3 million young lives a year.
  • Globally, the number of children under 5 who suffer from stunting is down to 149 million. In 2018, Africa and Asia accounted for more than nine out of ten of all stunted children in the world.


Rural communities participating in our programs have access to income-generating workshops. For example, our Microfinance Program in Africa provides access to credit, adequate training and instilling in our partners the importance of saving.

  • 736 million people, almost 1 in 10 people in the world, live under $1.90 a day, and over half of the extreme poor (413 million) live in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Nearly 328 million children are living in extreme poverty.

HIV/AIDS and other Diseases

Our HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Campaign, launched in 2003, works at the grassroots level to provide education about preventative and treatment measures.

  • 37.9 million people are living with HIV/AIDS.
  • 74.9 million [58.3 million–98.1 million] people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic.
  • The vast majority of people living with HIV are located in low- and middle- income countries, with an estimated 25.6 million [23.2 million-28.2 million] living in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Since 2010, new HIV infections among children have declined by 41%, from 280,000 [190,000-430,000] in 2010 to 160,000 [110,000-260,000] in 2018.


In each region in which we work, we ensure access to tools and training that increase farming production at the local level. 

Water and sanitation

The Hunger Project works with communities to develop new water resources, ensure clean water and improved sanitation, and implement water conservation techniques.

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