October 16, 2013 (ISN) – With 16 October being World Food Day, the International Rugby Board is doing its bit to focus attention on global hunger and what is being done to alleviate it. Among the objectives of World Food Day are to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world and strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger and IRB humanitarian partner. Through its Tackle Hunger partnership with the WFP, the IRB supports World Food Day and calls on the global Rugby family to help in the fight against hunger.
This year, WFP is in the midst of dealing with a huge range of challenges, from operating in war zones and areas affected by famine, to feeding the many hungry in refugee camps and providing children with nutritious and much-needed school meals.
The IRB is proud to play its part in promoting the Tackle Hunger message to the global Rugby community, helping to raise awareness of WFP’s work while drawing attention to the plight of the world’s hungry.
Key facts on hunger:
- 870 million people in the world do not have enough to eat – that’s one in eight
- The number of hungry people has fallen by 130 million since 1990
- Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45 per cent) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year
- One out of six children — roughly 100 million — in developing countries is underweight
- One in four of the world’s children has stunted growth due to a lack of the right food at the right time
- It costs 25 US cents per day to give a child all the nutrients he or she needs to grow up healthy.