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(CNN) -- Monday, October 16 is World Food Day, marking the date on which the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was founded in 1945.

9 million: The number of people killed by famine each year, according to World Health Organization figures.

16,000: The number of children who die every day from hunger -- one every five seconds.

17 million: The number of children who are born underweight each year.

2 billion: The number of people suffering from iron deficiency, the commonest form of malnutrition.

2015: The target date set by the United Nations for halving world hunger as one of its eight Millennium Development Goals.

854 million: The number of people suffering from hunger and malnutrition -- more than the combined population of the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe.

608 million: The number affected by natural disasters in 2005 -- around one in 10 of the world's population.

97 million: The number of people to have benefited from World Food Programme initiatives in 2005, including 58 million children.

4.2 million: The amount of food in tonnes distributed by the WFP in 82 countries during 2005.

3,330: The average amount of calories consumed per person per day in the U.S.

1,120: The average amount of calories consumed per person per day in Burkina Faso, west Africa.

1,500: The minimum recommended calories needed per day to remain healthy.


Schoolchildren in Zimbabwe queue up for porridge.

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