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Ending child hunger

Millions of children are at risk of starvation

No child should go hungry 

Over the last few weeks, scenes of heartbreaking devastation have unfolded in the Middle East. But as children take shelter from violence, there’s more danger than bullets and bombs.  

Conflict and hunger work together in a deadly combination.  

But World Vision is also working and we say ENOUGH.

Together, we can stand against war and seek to stop hunger from ruining more lives. 

Keep reading to discover:

How is World Vision helping end the hunger crisis?

How can I help hungry children?

Stories of child hunger

Frequently asked questions

In the last two years, World Vision has reached 25 million people - 13.7 million of whom are children - in 28 countries.

How we’re helping end child hunger

We're targeting the most-at-risk nations with life-saving aid and assistance. These are countries where children are one step away from famine, living with acute malnutrition or facing the threat of civil unrest.

You can be part of World Vision’s lifesaving work:

Hunger. As deadly as war.

Hunger is killing children caught up in conflict zones. Stop hunger from ruining even more lives in the Middle East and beyond.

Give a child ENOUGH to eat today. Give them hope for tomorrow.

Around every 10 seconds, a child dies from malnutrition. That’s more than 3 million children every year.

Personal stories of children's hunger

Discover more about our child hunger charity work

Together we can end child hunger


  • The facts about child hunger are staggering. There is enough food to feed every person. Yet, 45 million people – around half of them children – are at risk of food shortages. Poverty, conflict and climate change displace families, disrupt farming practices and destroy livelihoods, leaving those affected without access to nutritious food.

  • Hungry families face desperate choices to survive, like selling animals which reverses the gains families had made to escape poverty. In extreme cases, families may also enter their daughters into early marriage. This means one less mouth to feed and more income to feed the rest of the family. Parents hope that their girls will be better provided for. But many girls who end up in this situation suffer abuse, exploitation and are refused an education, damaging their future lives and wellbeing Other children may be forced to beg, to work in dangerous jobs, or even to join insurgent groups as child soldiers, gaining food in return for taking up arms.

    85% of forcibly displaced families are unable to afford enough and nutritious food to meet their daily nutrition needs.

    Current child hunger statistics show that tens of thousands of children could starve to death without urgent food aid. We also know that poor nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a girl or boy’s life leads to poor brain development, permanently impaired mental function and lower IQs. Young children are at increased risk of malnutrition due to lack of enough nutritious food and nutrition services. A severely wasted (malnourished) child is 11 times at risk of death than a well-nourished child.

    The deaths of children are preventable, if we act now.

  • There is a technical assessment and process for determining a famine, and any announcement of a famine is only made with extreme caution. Naturally governments are very sensitive about a famine being declared.

    For a famine to be declared, there must be evidence of these three things:

    • At least two people (or four children) a day dying for every 10,000 population.
    • At least 30% of the population is acutely malnourished.
    • At least 20% of the population face an extreme lack of food.