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World Food Day quiz
The week in questions graphic

Food is a basic human right, yet hundreds of millions of people in the world still go hungry every day. Monday is World Food Day, and an occasion to focus on some of the shocking statistics.

The United Nations World Food Programme has put some of those facts and figures together. See how many of them you recognise.

When you've got your result, why not e-mail the quiz to your friends to see how they measure up?

Question 1
The first UN Millennium Development Goal aims to halve the proportion of hungry people in the world by 2015. More than 850 million people know what it’s like to go to bed hungry every night, and this number is
A: Stationary
B: Falling by 5 million a year
C: Growing by 5 million a year
D: Falling by 10 million a year
Question 2
In desperation, the hungry will consume foods not normally considered edible. Which of the following do poverty-stricken Haitians eat?
A: Water lily bulbs
B: Tree bark
C: Mud pies
Question 3
Somewhere in the world, a child dies of hunger every
A: Hour
B: Minute
C: Five seconds
Question 4
The number of severely undernourished people in the world is equivalent to
A: The combined population of the European Union and Japan
B: The combined population of the United States, Canada and the European Union
C: The combined population of the United States and Canada
Question 5
There is enough excess food in the UK to feed all the hungry people in
A: Bangladesh
B: Ethiopia
C: Africa
D: All of the above
Question 6
Each year, hunger claims as many lives as
A: Tuberculosis
C: Malaria
D: AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined
Question 7
What is the biggest single cause of hunger?
A: Natural disasters such as droughts, floods and earthquakes
B: The lack of food on the planet
C: Living in poverty
D: All of the above
Question 8
The average number of kilocalories available for consumption in some of Africa’s poorest countries is 1,660 kilocalories per person per day. This is the same as someone in a developed country eating
A: A standard large meal and dessert in a fast food chain
B: A cup of cereals and a glass of milk
C: One bag of plain potato chips
D: An apple
Question 9
Which of the following conditions is caused by lack of vitamins, commonly known as 'hidden hunger'?
A: Scurvy
B: Soreness and dryness around the edges of the mouth
C: Anaemia
D: All of the above
Question 10
How much does it cost to give a daily school lunch to a hungry child in a developing country?
A: One Euro (US$1.25) per day – small chocolate bar
B: 19 euro cents per day – three pieces of chewing gum
C: 5 euro cents per day – the price of a shopping bag

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