Valeska Abreu
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28 May 2015
1:55 pm

Less South Africans go to bed hungry – survey

Valeska Abreu

As the world marks World Hunger Day today, it should be encouraging to know less South Africans are going to bed hungry each night, but as a country, we are still facing server problems in this regard.

FILE PICTURE: A resident takes off a load from his back after a day's work on July 21, 2014 in Devland, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Thulani Mbele)

According to the general household survey released in Pretoria on Wednesday, the percentage of households that were vulnerable to hunger declined from 23.8% in 2002 to 11.4% in 2015.

But it also stated 5.9% of the population experienced sever inadequate food supply. According to reports, a study by the Department of Health names South Africa as one of the 34 countries contributing to 90% of the burden of malnourishment globally.

It further states that approximately 34% of children under five die from malnutrition in South Africa every year. According to the World Food Bank, there are 11 million South Africans who are living in cases of extreme poverty and go to bed hungry every single day.

According to the World Food Programme (WFP), about 795 million people worldwide go to bed hungry each night.

While the situation towards global improvement in food security had significantly improved over the past two decades, progress in recent years had been hampered by natural disasters, extreme weather events, political instability and civil conflicts.

The improvement in food security was all the more striking given the world’s population has grown by 1.9 billion since 1990, meaning many more mouths to feed. Hunger kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.