We save the lives of malnourished children and support their families to beat hunger.
World hunger is on the rise. There are 161 million more people going hungry today than in 2019 – the biggest increase in ten years.
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the world was disastrously off track to meet the United Nation’s target of achieving zero hunger by 2030. Now Covid-19 and lockdown measures aimed at stopping the spread of the virus have made it even more challenging to achieve this goal.
This must change.
What is hunger?
According to the UN Hunger Report, hunger is the term used to define periods when populations are experiencing severe food insecurity — meaning they go for entire days without eating due to lack of money, food or other resources.
What is the definition of hunger?
Here are some widely accepted definitions of key terms:
- Hunger is the distress associated with lack of food. The threshold for food deprivation, or undernourishment, is fewer than 1,800 calories per day.
- Undernutrition goes beyond calories to signify deficiencies in energy, protein, and/or essential vitamins and minerals.
- Malnutrition refers more broadly to both undernutrition and overnutrition (problems with unbalanced diets).
- Food security relates to food availability and access. When a person always has enough availability and steady access to safe and nutritious food to maintain an active and healthy life, they’re considered food secure.