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Hunger factsheet

FAQ: extent, distribution and causes of hunger

How many people are going hungry worldwide? Where is the hunger situation the worst? And why? We have summed up the answers to those frequently asked questions in our hunger factsheet (last updated September 2017).

The United Nations estimates that across the world approximately 815 million people (777 million in 2016) are going hungry, out of a total of 7.5 billion. This amounts to almost 11 per cent of the global population or around every tenth person. 780 million of those going hungry live in developing countries. [FAO, SOFI 09/2017]

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Hunger and nutrition security

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Africa Asia Europe Latin America & Caribbean