Gospel for Asia predicts that some nine million people will die this year from the coronavirus-worsened “scandal of starvation” worldwide – a foreseen tragedy the missions group says is easily avoidable.
The Texas-based Christian missions organization first announced the sobering truth in its special report, The Scandal of Starvation in a World of Plenty, late last month before this year’s annual World Hunger Day observed on May 28. In that report, GFA also divulges a scandalous reality.
“Approximately $1 trillion of food is lost or wasted every year – accounting for roughly one-third of the world’s food,” GFA’s report reveals. “According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), reversing this trend would preserve enough food to feed 2 billion people – that’s more than twice the number of undernourished people across the globe.”
The trillion-dollar waste, according to GFA, comes from families, restaurants and hospitals worldwide – an amount that could feed one out of every four people on the planet.
“Hunger increased around the world for the third successive year in 2018 – the most recent year for statistics – with more than 820 million people not getting enough to eat,” it notes in the report. “South Asia [is] the worst-hit region – home to two-thirds of the world’s malnourished children.”
According to WorldHungerDay.org, 98% of the undernourished in the world live in developing countries, 60% of those living in hunger globally are women – and more people worldwide die from hunger than from AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
Learn more by reading another GFA Special Report: Poverty: Public Enemy #1 – Eliminating Extreme Poverty Worldwide is Possible, But Not Inevitable
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