MAY 28, 2021

 World Hunger Day

#AccessEndsHunger


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World Hunger Day 2021: Access Ends Hunger

This World Hunger Day we are highlighting the critical importance of access to education, healthcare and technology in ending hunger.

Hunger is not just about food. Hunger and poverty are inextricably linked to a nexus of issues including: the rights of women and girls, income opportunities, health, education, social justice, the environment and climate change.

The end of hunger and poverty is possible when people have the necessary tools and resources and when solutions are community-led — by and for the people living in conditions of chronic hunger. When children receive education and women have access to healthcare and technology, they have the ability to build a better future for themselves and their communities. We believe that bridging the gaps in access to these essential resources is a sustainable and critical step towards ending hunger and poverty. 

The Hunger Project uses an innovative, holistic approach that tackles the core issues linked to hunger by starting with women, building self-reliance at the grassroots level and forging effective partnerships with local government

THE FACTS

690 million

PEOPLE LIVE IN CHRONIC HUNGER.

60% 

OF PEOPLE LIVING IN HUNGER ARE WOMEN.

98%

OF PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM UNDERNOURISHMENT LIVE IN LOW- AND MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES.

Hunger kills more...

MORE THAN AIDS, MALARIA, & TUBERCULOSIS COMBINED.

ACCESS TO EDUCATION

Education plays a vital role in breaking the cycles of poverty and hunger by eliminating social disparities, creating opportunities for people, and empowering entire communities. But for millions, education is inaccessible.

20 million

MORE SECONDARY SCHOOL GIRLS COULD BE PERMANENTLY OUT OF SCHOOL DUE TO THE PANDEMIC.

8% 

THIS IS THE AMOUNT ADDED TO A CHILD'S POTENTIAL EARNINGS FOR EACH ADDITIONAL YEAR OF SCHOOL. 50% OVER 6 YEARS.

171 million

PEOPLE COULD ESCAPE POVERTY IF ALL STUDENTS IN LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES HAD BASIC READING SKILLS.

132 million

GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD ARE NOT IN SCHOOL.

Watch how The Hunger Project-India is creating access to education for these young girls:

ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY

Technology has the power to uplift communities by providing access to essential information, online health services, life-saving disaster warnings and education opportunities.

3.7 billion

PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET.

1 GB

OF DATA, ENOUGH TO STREAM FOR ONE HOUR, COSTS 40% OF THE AVERAGE MONTHLY WAGE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA.


600 million

WOMEN COMING ONLINE WOULD CONTRIBUTE UP TO $18 BILLION IN ANNUAL GDP ACROSS 144 COUNTRIES.

500 million

STUDENTS DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO REMOTE LEARNING.

HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY ACCESS IMPACT GLOBAL HUNGER?

While much of the world enjoys widespread access to technology, roughly 40% of the global population still doesn’t even have access to the internet. Internet access in low-income countries can specifically benefit women, offering extended education opportunities. Educating girls and women has a great impact on poverty eradication and overall development. The education young women receive, not only in terms of technical schooling but on their bodies and health care, results in more healthy, independent and confident women that can contribute to the local and global economy more effectively.

Global internet access could bring many opportunities to rural economies and, specifically, to women as equal earners.

ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all people, no matter where they live is essential to ending hunger. When people have access to healthcare, they can more readily lead healthy, self-reliant lives.

3.5 billion

PEOPLE HAVE NO ACCESS TO ESSENTIAL HEALTH SERVICES.

1 in 4

WOMEN IN LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES HAVE AN UNMET NEED FOR MODERN CONTRACEPTION.


100 million

PEOPLE ARE PUSHED INTO EXTREME POVERTY EVERY YEAR DUE TO HEALTHCARE COSTS.

810 women

DIE EVERY DAY FROM PREVENTABLE CAUSES RELATED TO PREGNANCY AND BIRTH.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Invest now in the Global Movement to End Hunger

The Hunger Project is a movement of millions of people across 23 countries working to sustainably end hunger. We are removing barriers to education, creating access to healthcare, and innovating for access to technology.

Select your country above to invest in people around the world who are working to sustainably end hunger, poverty, and gender inequality. 

Join the Global Conversation

Tell your friends, family and colleagues about World Hunger Day. Head over to the Social Media Toolkit for post ideas, graphics and banners. Share our posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok with #AccessEndsHunger and #WorldHungerDay.

Join in the celebration by adding a World Hunger Day frame to your profile photo on Twitter and Facebook!


Move to End Hunger

During the entire month of May, FeelGood students and their supporters are dedicating themselves to walk, run and/or bike to raise $54,000 to end global hunger.

Join the cause on your own or create a team, culminating in The Hunger Project’s 10th anniversary of World Hunger Day on May 28th. 



Celebrate #WorldHungerDay

This World Hunger Day we acknowledge that access to education, healthcare, and technology are critical for people to lift themselves out of hunger. We encourage communities, individuals, organizations and businesses to recognize the importance of access to these resources and identify the barriers stand in the way for communities around the world. Write a post, share a photo, or a video of what you can do, as an individual to increase access and invest in an end to hunger.

ENDING HUNGER

At The Hunger Project, we believe ending hunger is possible when people have access to the tools, resources, and knowledge to become agents of change, lifting themselves—and their communities—out of hunger and poverty for the long term. 

The solution to hunger is not about hand-outs and a top-down approach, but a bottom-up approach that starts with women, works with local government and mobilizes communities to take self-reliant actions. Learn more

MEET THE CHANGEMAKERS WHO ARE ENDING HUNGER

Anju Moyna is making sure her community stays informed about COVID-19, has access to hand-washing stations and learns proper hand-washing techniques. Read her story

Koushalya is an elected representative in her village, and has found a solution to ensure food security in her community. Read her story

Aisha is creating healthcare access for her community during COVID-19. Read her story

“Now I do not pass the night without food and my other family members can eat full meals at night…nights without food are gone from our lives, we are happy.” Read Rejey's story. 


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