World hunger reaches one billion

Source: Press TV

Nearly 1 billion people in the world are hungry, while almost the same number are illiterate, making it hard for them to earn a living or move out of poverty, the Worldwatch Institute shows.

“Nearly 1 billion people go to bed hungry each night, a number that is unacceptably high,” Director of Worldwatch’s nourishing the Planet project, Danielle Nierenberg said.

According to the Washington-based independent research institute, nearly one billion people worldwide, many of them children have micronutrient deficiency, a condition that lowers their ability to learn or have a productive life.

Each year, between 250 million and 500 million children with vitamin A deficiency become blind and half of them die within 12 months of losing their sight.

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