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795 million people live in conditions of extreme poverty
Worldwide there are about 795 million undernourished people1 – one person out of nine – and more than 800 million people who live in conditions of extreme poverty2.  In Europe alone 79 million people – more than one person out of ten - live below the poverty threshold and 16 million people have asked for the help of charity organisations to feed themselves3.
At the same time, in the European Union every year about 88 million tons of food are wasted and this amount would be sufficient to feed 200 million people.  

1 UNRIC, Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

2 UNRIC, Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

3 European Parliament, Resolution of 19 January 2012 on how to avoid food wastage

16 million people in Europe received help from charity organisations.


In the United States and Europe, situations of financial difficulty and social exclusion are often associated to wrong nutritional choices and food disorders that can lead to problems of obesity or overweight.

2.1 billion people are overweight or obese
In Europe 1 child out of 3 under 11 years of age is overweight or obese 4.
Particularly alarming is the increase of paediatric cases: in the United States alone 7 million children and teenagers between 2 and 19 years of age (accounting for 17% of the total) have obesity problems and another 15% is overweight. Education to a healthy lifestyle at home and at school undoubtedly plays a key role in the prevention of these problems.

4 WHO, Obesity - Data and statistics


Agriculture and the food chain are key sectors for the creation of jobs, the promotion of local development and social inclusion.

About 40% of the world population works in agriculture5,6.

In Europe alone, the agricultural and agri-food sector employs 46 million people.

In Italy, despite a high rate of youth unemployment, more than 50,000 farms are managed by entrepreneurs under 35 years of age.