Before reading the rest of this post, you might find it as interesting as I did to make a guess at percentage of the world population you would estimate are undernourished in the world today.
To put that estimate in context, here are a few more relevant facts:
- in 1945 at the end of two world wars, the global population was 2 billion, 50% of whom the Food & Agriculture Association of the United Nation estimates were undernourished; that’s about half a billion people
- in the 60 years since then, the world population has swelled to 7.4 billion, an increase of the human population never seen in the history of our species
I was astonished to read that today, the World Health Organization estimates that about 11% of the human population is malnourished. That’s a painful 8 million people. But somehow, even with a burgeoning increase in the human population, the percentage of malnourished has dropped in 60 years from 50% to 11%. Instead of more than 3 1/2 billion starving people today, the problem has shrunk dramatically.
How did it happen?
Do you want to make another guess?
That’s the subject of my next post.