1 Billion Worldwide Suffer Chronic Hunger

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has updated its estimate for the number of people suffering from chronic hunger to 1 billion around the world.  The BBC quotes director general of the FAO Jacques Diouf as saying “The silent hunger crisis – affecting one-sixth of all of humanity – poses a serious risk for world peace and security.”

 Although it’s impossible to determine the exact number of hungry people in the world, the increase in the FAO’s estimate is probably due in part to factors such as the downturn in the global economy and population growth.  Catholic News Service also highlights the report and notes a papal letter published June 20th that reaffirms the Pope’s commitment to Africa, where 1 in 4 people are affected by hunger.

While the FAO report is a reminder of great need around the world, it can also prompt reflection on the work CRS continues to do on behalf of the U.S. Catholic Church. Our agriculture experts bring the latest innovations to farmers working to feed and support their families. Parishes, schools and families around the U.S. participate in Operation Rice Bowl every Lenten season to raise money to address hunger and poverty in their communities and around the world. And right now, you can add your voice to thousands of others concerned about hunger by joining the USCCB/CRS initiative Catholics Confront Global Poverty. One billion hungry people in the world is a daunting statistic, but changing one life at a time is a step in the right direction.

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