Poverty is a pervasive problem around the world. According to the World Bank, in 2012 there were 896 million people living in extreme poverty – less than $1.90 a day. This represents over 12% of the world’s population. In 2011, the World Bank estimates there were 2.2 billion people living on less than $3.10 a day, which is the poverty line in developing countries and represents an extremely low standard of living.
- Poor nutrition causes 45% of the deaths in children under 5.
- One out of six children in the developing world is underweight.
- One in four of the world’s children are stunted.
- 66 million primary-school aged children go to school hungry every day.