Income Inequality, Poverty and Hunger

At present, 1 in 6 people in the world is facing hunger. So almost 1 billion people are hungry and about 100 million people are adding to this number each year.


A person must be hungry for at least 3 months in order to die from hunger. Nonetheless every minute approximately 10 children close their eyes forever because of this reason. On the other hand, tons of bread goes to garbage every day. If we do some research, we’ll come across a lot of statistics like this.

Even though a little bit reducing waste of food can save many people’s lives, why we don’t? Maybe we hear this news rarely or we don’t really believe it will work. Both are partly true. Almost the whole world is indifferent to these events that happen every moment. In addition, there are enough food resources for everybody. So why are people dying of starvation?

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the only reason for this is inequality. Because the total wealth of the 85 wealthiest people alive now is equal to the almost total assets of 3.5 billion people on Earth!

1.4 million people in the world live on the poverty line and below. While the richest 20% have 41.1% of income, the poorest 20% can have only 6.6% of total income.

10% of the world’s population earns less than two dollars a day. On the other hand, the wealth of the rich people is growing so fast that we can see the first trillionaire in the near future.

Yes, it is true that not everyone will have a rich life with luxury houses and cars. But is it acceptable to die of starvation? There is much to say about this issue. But let’s ask this question: Is this really the best system that we can build?

Although the lucky minority has forgotten the other majority, there is a way you can help. Donate to the World Food Programme.

“If we have the power to turn another planet into Earth, then we have the power to turn Earth back into Earth” Neil deGrasse-Tyson