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Hunger is not an incurable disease or an unavoidable tragedy.

Every minute of every day, more than 5 children die as a result of malnutrition, according to estimates.

Millions more live with the lifetime effects of not having the food they need to live and grow – physical disabilities and learning difficulties.

The start of a child`s life is a critical time. Without enough of the nutrients they need at this vital time, children`s bodies and brains don`t develop the way they should.

When you donate £45 to our food appeal, a family in need will receive nutritious food for a whole month. Help combat hunger in poor and vulnerable communities across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Donate now.

Hunger stats

Up to 811 million.


45 million


Across the world, up to 811 million people do not have enough food. According to recent estimates, 45 million people in 43 countries are at risk of sliding into famine – the most extreme form of hunger, which can result in death from starvation or disease. Indeed, parts of Yemen, South Sudan and Madagascar may be close to or are already in the grip of famine. The consequence of diets poor in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are affecting the health and life prospects of millions more, and casting a shadow over the future of communities and entire countries. Although enough food is produced to feed everyone on this planet, the goal of a world with zero hunger, as set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and specifically in Sustainable Development Goal 2, remains hugely challenging due to a toxic cocktail of conflict, climate change, disasters and structural poverty and inequality. Over the past year, the socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have further exacerbated the situation by pushing millions of vulnerable people into greater food insecurity.


Every donation provides nutritious food for hungry children and families.

When you donate to the Muslim Welfare Trust, your generosity is immediately put to work helping build a world with zero hunger. You can help save lives.

We can’t do any of this without your support.


Countries at most risk

The majority of affected people live in countries in Africa. However, acute hunger is set to rise steeply in most world regions, from the Middle East to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Famines tend to occur in areas where humanitarian access is restricted. In Yemen and South Sudan in particular, conflict, insecurity, and resulting displacement are driving up levels of acute hunger to alarming levels.

In 2021, 584,000 people will likely face famine-like conditions in Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Sudan and Yemen. Nigeria and Burkina Faso are also of particular concern because they have in recent months had pockets of people in famine-like conditions.

The threat of famine and starvation is also growing in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Honduras, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. 45 million people in 43 countries are currently on the very edge of famine and risk starvation, up from 27 million people in 2019.

Key facts

  • Malnutrition, in all its forms, includes undernutrition (wasting, stunting, underweight), inadequate vitamins or minerals, overweight, obesity, and resulting diet-related noncommunicable diseases.
  • 1.9 billion adults are overweight or obese, while 462 million are underweight.
  • Globally in 2020, 149 million children under 5 were estimated to be stunted (too short for age), 45 million were estimated to be wasted (too thin for height), and 38.9 million were overweight or obese.
  • Around 45% of deaths among children under 5 years of age are linked to undernutrition. These mostly occur in low- and middle-income countries. At the same time, in these same countries, rates of childhood overweight and obesity are rising.
  • The developmental, economic, social, and medical impacts of the global burden of malnutrition are serious and lasting, for individuals and their families, for communities and for countries.


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