Every six seconds a child dies because of hunger.

Despite billions of dollars being pledged by the world's richest countries, millions of people are still starving.

Now the World Food Programme (WFP) is saying that the situation is more desperate than ever before, with the number of hungry people around the world exceeding one billion for the first time.

Just who is to blame for rising hunger and what can be done to stem the flow of starvation?

Inside Story presenter Maryam Nemazee discusses with Bettina Luescher, a spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme, Christina Schiavoni, a co-director of Global Movement at whyhunger.org and an organiser at the US working group on the global food crisis, and Firoze Manji, the founder and executive director of Fahamu, an African social justice network.

This episode of Inside Story can be seen from Sunday, September 20, 2009 at the following times GMT: 1730, 2230; Monday: 0430, 1030.

Source: Al Jazeera