There are one in eight people throughout the world that are hungry, including millions of children. This shouldn’t be happening because we make enough food for everyone. CAFOD works hard to make sure everyone has their fair share of food.
What causes hunger?
- Poverty. Many people cannot afford to buy food, over a billion people live on less than $1 a day, in many places across the world. Asia has the highest number of hungry people.
- Climate. People who grow their own food can have their crops destroyed by floods or droughts. Many farmer who rely on their crops have no money to fall back on if their crops fail.
- War. Conflicts disrupt farming meaning many crops get destroyed or never planted.
- Trade. A few hundred companies control 70% of the global food market, meaning the actual farmers who grow the food don’t get enough of the profit. In fact 50% of the world’s hungry people are farmers.
Yet in some countries we have more than enough food. One third of all food produced is wasted, which is something that should not be happening when one in eight people in the world live in extreme hunger.