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Consequences Vol. 2, No. 2, 1996
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 1. Recent Estimates of World Hunger
Dimension of Hunger Population Affected Year Source
(millions) (percent)
STARVATION
Famine (population at risk) 15-35 0.3-0.7 1992 WHP
Related deaths per year 0.15-0.25 <=.01% 1990s RPG
UNDERNUTRITION (chronic and seasonal)
Household 786 20 1988- 90 FAO
Children 184 34 1990 ACC/SCN
MICRONUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES
Iron deficiency (women aged 15-49) 370 42 1980s ACC/SCN
Iodine deficiency (goiter) 655 12 1980s ACC/SCN
Vitamin A deficiency
(children under 5 yrs of age)
14 3 1980s ACC/SCN
NUTRIENT-DEPLETING ILLNESS
Diarrhea, measles, malaria
(deaths of children under 5)
4.7 0.7 1990s UNICEF
Parasites (infected population)a
Roundworm 785-1,300 15-25 1980s WB
Hookworm 700-900 13-17 1980s WB
Whipworm 500-750 10-14 1980s WB

a Includes those people expected to have multiple infections.
Sources: ACC/SCN (Advisory Committee on Coordination--Subcommittee on Nutrition of the United Nations); FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations);
RPG (Refugee Policy Group); WHP (World Hunger Program, Brown University); WB (World Bank).


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