Number of undernourished/starving people worldwide from 2000 to 2018
(in millions)
Number of undernourished/starving people worldwide 2000-2018
This statistic shows the number of undernourished people worldwide from 2000 to 2018. Between 2016 to 2018, about 809.9 million people were undernourished around the world.
Undernourishment is defined as the status of persons, whose food intake regularly provides less than their minimum energy requirements.
Number of undernourished/starving people worldwide from 2000 to 2018
(in millions)
Number of starving people worldwide in millions
2000-02929.8
2001-03947.9
2002-04958
2003-05957
2004-06940.5
2005-07913.1
2006-08883.2
2007-09859.3
2008-10840.4
2009-11826.1
2010-12814.3
2011-13807.6
2012-14798.8
2013-15791.4
2014-16790.2
2015-17797.9
2016-18809.9
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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

The acronym FAO stands for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Underourishment is defined as the status of persons, whose food intake regularly provides less than their minimum energy requirements. The average minimum energy requirement per person is about 1800 kcal per day. The exact requirement is determined by a person’s age, body size, activity level and physiological conditions such as illness, infection, pregnancy and lactation.
Data for Food security indicators can be accessed here.

Number of undernourished/starving people worldwide 2000-2018
This statistic shows the number of undernourished people worldwide from 2000 to 2018. Between 2016 to 2018, about 809.9 million people were undernourished around the world.
Undernourishment is defined as the status of persons, whose food intake regularly provides less than their minimum energy requirements.
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