Statistics being released next week will show that the number of those around the world going hungry has surpassed the 1 billion mark. This means one out of every six people on the planet are going hungry every day. In comparison to just last year, 100 million more people are part of this group.
"No part of the world is immune," FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said in Rome on Friday. "All world regions have been affected by the rise of food insecurity."
In a news article on the U.N. site the World Food Programme Executive Director, Josette Sheeran said: “With one in six people going hungry, one child dying every six seconds, and 80 per cent of Sub-Saharan African countries facing higher food prices than a year ago, the poor and the hungry are facing one of the biggest crises in our lifetimes,” Underscoring the permanent impact that hunger has on children, she said that the world risks losing a generation unless they have adequate access to nutrition during this crisis.
Dangerous riots over food are breaking out across the globe with a recent riot in Haiti for example that turned deadly. Ms. Sheeran added that hunger can also lead to dangerous destabilization, and impact global peace and security, saying that “without food people revolt, migrate, or die.”
“None of these are acceptable options,” she said. Read the article here
Join me on the 1st of July to at least skip one meal and use the savings to fund a local or global world hunger program. 1 billion is not just a number, each number represents a son or daughter, mom or dad that are not that different from you and me. If enough of us as sons and daughters, moms and dads do even something small, big things can happen.