Every second someone dies

1 child under 5 yearsdies every 6 seconds of malnutrition
11 children every minute ...
600 childrenevery hour ...
15,000 childrenevery day ...
5.6 million childreneach year ...



"... 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty - more than a quarter of the population of developing countries"

The number of people living on less than $ 2 a day, namely 2.5 billion people, remained almost the same in the period between 1981 and 2005.

Source: Worldbank - Poverty data: A supplement to World Development Indicators 2008


The international norm for extreme poverty is $ 1.25 2005 PPP per day. What does that mean?

PPP stands for “Purchasing Power Parity”: $ 1.25 in 2005 PPP is the purchasing power of $ 1.25 in the US in 2005. This means that the 1.4 billion people who live in extreme poverty can spend less than that per day which you could buy in the US in 2005 for $ 1.25.

This means that real income is much lower, based on the exchange rates of the dollar and the currency units of developing countries. The purchasing power of the dollar in developing countries is much higher than in the USA. Every traveler knows that one dollar - or euro - can buy a lot more in a developing country than in the US or Europe.

In addition, the assessment of poverty not only includes financial income, but also food and other things that people produce themselves. The total consumption of the population is determined on the basis of consumer numbers of individual households.

The international poverty line is an estimate of the absolute minimum necessary for survival. Almost every fourth person lives below this poverty line. Additionally, in 2005, 22% had a PPP income of just $ 1.25 to $ 2.00 per day.


“Hunger in the world is increasing. The most recent estimates by the FAO show that 923 million people are starving ... "

“High food prices are the main cause. The FAO estimates that between 2003 and 2007 the number of undernourished people rose by 75 million. "

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2008


Every year 10 million children die five years old or younger. Malnutrition is the cause of 55 percent of these deaths: an estimated 5.6 million children die of malnutrition each year.

Source: UNICEF - Progress for Children: A Report Card on Nutrition


Millions of children do not have access to primary school or fail to complete primary school.

"The number of children of primary school age who do not go to school fell from 103 million in 1999 to 73 million in 2006 ..."

Source: Global progress: Are we on track to meet the MDGs by 2015?