Today, the total world population is almost 7 billion people. And of those billions of people, 20 percent of them live below the international poverty line. This rate is quite alarming, especially when you consider that the international poverty line is just $1.25 a day -- or $456.25 a year. As a result of this poverty, more than 950 million people worldwide are suffering from hunger [source: Bread].
Perhaps a better term to describe the epidemic that is world hunger would be malnutrition. This is different from starvation. Many of those suffering from world hunger don't actually starve to death. They simply don't get enough nutrients to maintain an acceptable level of human health [source: World Hunger]. Malnutrition can affect growth as well as the immune system and people suffering from it are much more likely to die from illness. Unfortunately, a large number of the malnourished are children and they are dying at the alarmingly high rate of one death every five seconds [source: Bread].
The truly frustrating part is that the world actually does produce enough food to feed everyone. Unfortunately, many people simply can't afford to buy it. To stop world hunger, we must put an end to world poverty. With 7 billion people on the planet and 80 percent of them living in low or lower-middle income economies, this is no small task [source: Bread].
In recent years, a number of organizations have been formed to combat hunger and poverty. While they are all finding ways to help, the ultimate solution relies on several factors, and though most organizations are hoping to achieve the same goal, many of them approach it differently. Some are working toward new methods for distribution while others are finding ways to get governments involved. World hunger is a global issue and it will take a global effort to find the solution. With the help of world hunger organizations like Bread for the World, UNICEF and Freedom From Hunger, one day that solution could be within reach.
Keep reading to find out how you can help fight hunger.