Every second matters for people on the brink of chronic hunger. This clock estimates how many people are being pushed into an unhealthy undernourished category by a lack of adequate food. Already, almost a billion people do not get enough food to lead a normal, active life, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. (The clock’s number you see ticking up extrapolates estimates by the FAO from 2010.)
Volatile food prices are re-emerging as a threat to global growth and stability since spiking in 2008. The hunger clock reminds us of the toll of rising and unstable food prices on individuals. At this personal level, we can be inspired to generate ideas and solutions and ground high-flying macroeconomic debates on how to overcome the food crisis.
Submit your solutions and thoughts about fighting global hunger to The World Bank’s Open Forum on the Food Crisis. The conversation is happening now. Submit questions to panelists now and join the live global chat, with social media integration taking place on April 14-15. Be sure to tune in to a live webcast starting on Friday, April 15th at 10:00 EST/13:00 GMT. Sign up for a reminder.