Globally, developing countries, with 553 million people hungry

Globally, 11% of the population, or 795 million people, are undernourished. Nearly 3.1 million children die every year due to hunger. 98% of people suffering from hunger live in developing countries, with 553 million people hungry in Asia and the Pacific and 227 million people in Africa. However, the issue isn’t the lack of food being produced, as estimates state that the world already produces food sufficient enough for a population of 10 billion people. The main reasons for 1/9 people in the world still being hungry is that said people are not able to afford nutritious food, have a severe lack of access to food and distribution of food to them is challenging because most of them live in rural and remote locations. Hunger has also caused devastating side effects, with 3.1 million children under the age of 5 dying every year due to hunger and around 24% of children under the age of 5 are too short for their age as a result of malnutrition. Although the number of undernourished people in the world has declined from around 15% of people being hungry 2000-2002 to 11% of people in 2014-2016, further steps still must be taken to solve this matter. Though hunger continues to be a major problem, the whole world is working in conjunction to help the hungry receive the nutritious food they need to have an active, healthy lifestyle. The world has already made commendable progress on the topic of ending world hunger and it continues to be a priority, seeing as it was part of the first Millennium Development Goal(MDG) and is Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals. The UN also established the World Food Programme(WFP) in 1961 to provide food through their system and today, the WFP works to help assist 80 countries and more than 80 million people. The WFP has also started initiatives utilizing technology such as ShareTheMeal, a mobile application that allows you to donate funds towards feeding people, and shows you where the funds go, with complete transparency. The Global Hunger Index(GHI) is an initiative of the International Food Policy Research Institute(IFPRI) that tracks and measures levels of hunger using four main factors: child stunting, undernourishment, child mortality and child wasting. This tool allows people to understand and assess countries most at risk and then decide on the best course of action for said countries, based off the data. In addition, several NGOs are devoted to ending world hunger as well, such as CARE and World Concern International and they help provide ground level nutrition and food to the public. One Acre Fund, another NGO, based primarily in Africa, attacks the issue by providing seed and fertilizer loans to smaller farmers, teaching them sustainable agriculture techniques and increasing their storage and market access, to ensure their food gets to those who need it most. As a result, with all of these organizations working together on this problem, many targets for ending world hunger are within reach, and said efforts should continue to be made and supported. The Kingdom of Spain is focused on the subject of ending world hunger and has made significant strides towards this goal. For more than 10 years, Spain’s alliance with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAO) has helped contribute to efforts on the topics of eradicating world hunger, undernourishment and food insecurity. In particular, Spain has been a major supporter of the FAO’s Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative, as projects implemented in the alliance with the FAO contribute to said mission.