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  World Hunger worksheet
Updated 18 August 2004, 16.15

Facts and statistics for this worksheet come from the United Nation's World Food Programme website which has lots of useful resources for teachers. See right hand side for link.

Country/Area: Darfur in Sudan, Africa
Number of people hungry: 24 per cent of the population or 7.7 million people
Cause of hunger: Many villages have been burnt during a war between different groups of people in Sudan.
Over 2 million homeless people have moved into refugee camps.
The rainy season or monsoon has begun and the land is flooded, making it difficult to get emergency food to people in need.
With the rain comes poor sanitation. This means more people are likely to suffer from serious diseases such as cholera and malaria.

Country/Area: Bangladesh in India
Number of people hungry: 32 per cent of the population or 44.1 million people
Cause of hunger: About 28 million people are so poor they can only afford to eat 1,800 calories a day. The recommended daily average is 2,300 calories.
Also the rainy season or monsoon has caused the country's three main rivers to flood crops and villages.

Country/Area: Afghanistan
Number of people hungry: 70 per cent of the country's population or 15.3 million people
Lots of people's growth has been stunted through a lack of food.
Many babies under the age of five die from malnutrition.
Cause of hunger: Between 1999 and 2002 there was a severe drought killing crops and a 22-year-long war (between 1980 and 2002) has made it difficult for aid agencies to help people.

Country/Area: The Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Number of people hungry: 33 per cent of the country's population or 7.5 million people
Cause of hunger: Due to a series of natural disasters including hailstorms, flooding, droughts and tropical storms only 18 per cent of the land is available for farming.
People are poor and can't afford to buy the fertilisers, seeds, machinery and fuel they need to farm the land.
Also the government can't afford to buy food in from other countries.

Country/Area: Peru in South America
Number of people hungry: 11 per cent of the population or 2.9 million people
Many young children under the age of five are malnourished.
Cause of hunger: The worst snowfalls and frosts in 30 years have killed animals used for food and wiped out crops.


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