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How many people die each minute from starvation?

Tweet: Every minute 18 people die of starvation in the world
Verdict: Mostly True

By Asmaa Al-Hameli
Zayed University journalism student

Injustice Facts has published this tweet regarding hunger starvation rates in the world at least three times. We found different statistics from different world-hunger organizations.

David Bull, chief executive officer of UNICEF in the UK, directed us to a hunger statistic provided by the World Food Programme to check the veracity of this tweet. An article released by WFP on Jan. 24, 2007, said that hunger kills 25,000 people a day.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) estimated that around 925 million people were undernourished in 2010 compared to 840 in 2007.

The number of hungry people has declined, but remains high, UNFAO said.

In 2007, the United Nations said that on average, around 25,000 people die every day due to hunger or hunger-related causes. This means, every three and a half seconds one person dies. Children are dying most often.

UNICEF has a slightly different statistic.

Five years ago, they said 25,500 children died every day, but by 2011 the number of death had declined to 21,000 per day. Every four seconds, one person dies.

To figure out how many people die every minute, we need to divide the number of minutes in a day into the daily starvation death tally. With 1,440 minutes in a day and 21,000 deaths, approximately 15 people die every minute from starvation.

Our verdict:

Major websites such as World Food Programme, United Nation and UNICEF provided statistics regarding the number of deaths that take place every day. After our research and calculation, the outcome of 15 people per minute is quite close to InjusticeFacts figure of 18 per minute. For that reason, we conclude their report is “Mostly True.”


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