Chronic hunger continues to impact women worldwide

On World Hunger Day, millions still lack access to food as they face persistent poverty.

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    Women worldwide bear the brunt of chronic hunger: 60 percent of those affected are female [File: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters]
    Women worldwide bear the brunt of chronic hunger: 60 percent of those affected are female [File: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters]

    Of the 821 million people worldwide who are undernourished, more than half are women. These mothers, daughters and sisters either have too little food - or inconsistent meals. Most of the chronically hungry live in less-industrialized or developing countries.

    Chronic hunger can be fueled by problems that range from poverty to unreliable food-supply chains to extreme climate events.

    "The majority of people living with hunger are small-scale food farmers living in fairly remote rural areas - and most of them are women," Suzanne Mayo Frindt, president and chief executive officer of The Hunger Project, told Al Jazeera.

    Formally established in 2011, World Hunger Day is an annual effort to raise awareness about hunger and its links to poverty. The Hunger Project, the global, United States -based nonprofit organisation behind the annual campaign, says chronic hunger is also clearly linked to issues surrounding human rights, such as attaining work opportunities, education, social justice - and maintaining the rights of women and girls.

    The Hunger Project notes that chronic hunger "occurs when people lack opportunity to earn enough income, to be educated and gain skills, to meet basic health needs and have a voice in the decisions that affect their community".


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