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Conflict, extreme weather, natural disasters and poverty. Ending hunger is the greatest challenge of our time, but together it’s solvable.

Ending hunger isn’t a question of supply. The world produces enough food to feed everyone on the planet. Zero hunger is achievable, but there’s still a long way to go. Below are the main drivers of hunger in our world today.


Conflict is the #1 driver of hunger, and it is entirely man-made. It destroys economies and infrastructure, making it impossible for people to find or afford food.

Extreme Weather

Extreme weather like droughts or flooding makes growing food harder every year, especially for small-scale farmers who lack the technology and tools to adapt.

Natural Disasters

Earthquakes and hurricanes can destroy entire communities, farms and infrastructure, leaving families homeless and starving.

Extreme Poverty

People who live below the global poverty line often can’t afford the nutritious food their families need, limiting their children’s early physical and educational development.

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Climate Change

Climate change is one of the leading causes of global hunger, causing more frequent and intense extreme weather events. Over 80% of the world’s hungry people live in disaster-prone countries.

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Women and Hunger

In nearly two-thirds of countries around the world, women are more likely than men to suffer from hunger and malnourishment.

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Food Waste

Food loss and food waste are major contributors to global hunger. If we could recover all the food we waste, we could feed every hungry person on the planet twice over.

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Hunger and malnutrition are part of an ongoing cycle, as both a cause and effect of poverty and inequality.

Ending hunger is a big challenge, but together it’s solvable.

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