How many people across the globe struggle to grow or buy enough food to survive?
Every day 800 million people – that’s 1 in 9 people on the planet — struggle to buy or grow enough food to survive. The vast majority of these people live in poor countries.
Hunger can also lead to which of the following?
All of the above. Hunger is causing children to drop out of school, it drives water borne diseases and it causes migration and conflict over scarce resources. It can also increase violence against girls, including forced child marriage as parents struggle to support daughters.
This year’s El Niño is predicted to be the strongest on record. What year was the last strongest recorded El Niño?
The strongest El Niño on record is 1997-1998. El Niño is a naturally occurring weather phenomenon, which occurs when the water in the Pacific Ocean near the equator gets hotter than usual and affects the atmosphere around the world. At least 34 million people in Eastern and Southern Africa are already hungry as a result of El Niño and if this year’s abnormally dry conditions continue, this estimate is set to double this year.
Climate change is rising sea levels in Bangladesh causing rivers to flood and ruin crops. How many rivers are there in Bangladesh?
There are more than 700 rivers in Bangladesh. The rise in water levels caused by climate change, coupled with extreme weather like cyclones, means flooding is more severe and happening more often in Bangladesh. This destroys people’s crops and livelihoods.
ActionAid is working with communities on lots of innovative solutions to hunger. In Bangladesh ActionAid has bred a heavyweight cockerel with a local heat resilient hen, to create a tough climate resilient chicken that can tolerate the heat better, and grow stronger. We have given salt resistant seeds to communities which can be planted in salty soil. We have raised villages above sea levels. And in Somaliland ActionAid has planted elephant grass which can survive with little water in uncultivated lands.