Hunger is the most visible indicator of poverty. Every one of us needs food to stay alive and healthy, and families will almost always prioritise food over other expenses. So when they can’t afford to eat, you know they are in crisis. Hunger is an umbrella term used to mean a number of different things. This page explains the definitions and gives you the latest real-time data on who is experiencing which types of hunger and where they live.
Someone is undernourished if they are not able to acquire enough food to meet the daily minimum dietary energy requirements, over a period of one year. Over time, this makes it much harder to lead a normal, healthy life or develop properly.