World Hunger Day (WHD) is observed every year on May 28 globally. The objective of this day is to raise awareness about more than 820 million people living in chronic hunger worldwide. The day seeks sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty and to inspire everyone to be a part of the solution.
i.History of the day: World Hunger Day is an initiative by The Hunger Project, first started in the year 2011. This year marks the 10th annual WHD to look at hunger as a whole.
ii.Hunger is not just about food. Hunger and poverty are inseparably linked to a nexus of issues including: health care, decent work opportunities, education, social justice, the rights of women and girls, the environment and climate change. The reality is COVID-19’s impact is taking further away from the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ending all forms & malnutrition by 2030.
iii.The Hunger Projects uses an innovative, holistic approach that tackles all these issues, and empowers people living in hunger to become the agents of their own development and lift their communities above the poverty line.
iv.Fact 1:Out of the total 820 million people living in chronic hunger, 60 percent of them are women.
v.Fact 2: Out of the total undernourished people in the world, 98 percent of the world’s undernourished live in developing countries.
vi.Fact 3: Out of the total death worldwide, hunger kills more people than AIDS (Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), malaria and Tuberculosis combined.
About The Hunger Project:
Headquarters– New York, United States (US).