Despite extensive global economic growth in recent decades – including in some of the poorest countries in Africa – millions of people remain locked in a vicious cycle of hunger and poverty. Poverty means parents can’t feed their families enough nutritious food, leaving children malnourished and malnutrition thus leads to irreversibly stunted development and shorter, less productive lives. Less productive lives mean no escape from poverty. We have to break this cycle!
1.4 billion people, or 20 % of the world’s population, lives in extreme poverty, earning less than $1.25 a day. That is the equivalent of more than four and a half times the population of the US, or nearly three times the population of all the countries in the European Union combined.
One of the best ways to reduce poverty across the developing world, especially in Africa, is to invest in agriculture and the financial and infrastructure systems that support it.
This infographic tells the story of how malnutrition is affecting all of us, no matter where we live.