Although the number of undernourished people has dropped by over 20% since 1992 (216 million fewer than in 1990-92) today there are 815 million people who do not have enough to eat. This is more than the 795 million in 2014, although still down from about 900 million in 2000.
The infrastructure that most of the world takes for granted is missing or severely limited in Africa. 589 million sub-Saharan Africans live without electricity and cook by burning whatever they can find.
Water and sanitation issues cost these countries more than the total economic aid they receive. Of all of the people in the world without access to safe water, almost 40% live in Africa.
Hunger is a major issue, and Africa is producing less food per person, with the average plot of land being too small to feed a family. children.org
Africa is the poorest continent on earth by a long shot. With the exception of three, 28 of the poorest countries in the world are in Africa.
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A Continents of children
Half of the continent’s population is children, up to 20% of which are disabled.
An ever-increasing number are growing up stunted because of the challenges of malnutrition.
Diseases like HIV/AIDS are leaving kids orphaned and in charge of their households at very young ages. An estimated 50 million orphans live in Africa.
Malaria kills 3,000 African children per day.
With a population expected to more than double by 2050, even fewer resources will be available to go around without dramatic change. Children.org