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Interactive Map: Tracking World Hunger and Food Insecurity

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Interactive Map: Tracking World Hunger and Food Insecurity

Hunger is still one the biggest—and most solvable—problems in the world.

Every day, more than 700 million people (8.8% of the world’s population) go to bed on an empty stomach, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

The WFP’s HungerMap LIVE displayed here tracks core indicators of acute hunger like household food consumption, livelihoods, child nutritional status, mortality, and access to clean water in order to rank countries.

But whereas acute hunger measures short-term inability to meet food consumption requirements, often related to crises, many people in the world also suffer from chronic hunger. This is the persistent inability to meet food consumption requirements, usually lasting for at least six months.

The World Hunger Map

After sitting closer to 600 million from 2014 to 2019, the number of people in the world affected by hunger increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020, 155 million people (2% of the world’s population) experienced acute hunger, requiring urgent assistance.

The Fight to Feed the World

The problem of world hunger isn’t new and attempts to solve it have made headlines for decades.

On July 13, 1985, at Wembley Stadium in London, Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially opened Live Aid, a worldwide rock concert organized to raise money for the relief of famine-stricken Africans.

The event was followed by similar concerts at other arenas around the world, globally linked by satellite to more than a billion viewers in 110 nations, raising more than $125 million ($309 million in today’s dollars) in famine relief for Africa.

But 35+ years later, the continent still struggles. According to the UN, from 12 countries with the highest prevalence of insufficient food consumption in the world, nine are in Africa.

Country % Population Affected by HungerPopulation (millions)Region
Afghanistan 🇦🇫93%40.4Asia
Somalia 🇸🇴68%12.3Africa
Burkina Faso 🇧🇫61%19.8Africa
South Sudan 🇸🇸60%11.0Africa
Mali 🇲🇱60%19.1Africa
Sierra Leone 🇸🇱55%8.2Africa
Syria 🇸🇾55%18.0Middle East
Niger 🇳🇪55%22.4Africa
Lesotho 🇱🇸50%2.1Africa
Guinea 🇬🇳48%12.2Africa
Benin 🇧🇯47%11.5Africa
Yemen 🇾🇪44%30.0Middle East

Approximately 30 million people in Africa face the effects of severe food insecurity, including malnutrition, starvation, and poverty.

Wasted Leftovers

Although many of the reasons for the food crisis around the globe involve conflicts or environmental challenges, one of the big contributors is food waste.

According to the United Nations, one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally. This amounts to about 1.3 billion tons of wasted food per year, worth approximately $1 trillion.

All the food produced but never eaten would be sufficient to feed two billion people. That’s more than twice the number of undernourished people across the globe. Consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa each year.

Solving World Hunger

While many people may not be “hungry” in the sense that they are suffering physical discomfort, they may still be food insecure, lacking regular access to enough safe and nutritious food for normal growth and development.

Estimates of how much money it would take to end world hunger range from $7 billion to $265 billion per year.

But to tackle the problem, investments must be utilized in the right places. Specialists say that governments and organizations need to provide food and humanitarian relief to the most at-risk regions, increase agricultural productivity, and invest in more efficient supply chains.

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Charted: Countries Offering Digital Nomad Visas

Mexico and El Salvador offer the longest visa for digital nomads.

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This bar chart shows all the countries that offer digital nomad visas as of May 2024.

Charted: Countries Offering Digital Nomad Visas

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A digital nomad visa allows individuals to live and work remotely in a foreign country for an extended period, usually six months to a year. It’s often accessible to self-employed or remote workers employed by entities outside the host country.

This graphic shows the countries that offer digital nomad visas as of May 2024. The data comes from various visa programs around the world and was compiled by CNBC.

Dozens of Options to Work Abroad

Over 40 countries offer digital nomad visas.

Mexico and El Salvador offer the longest visas, with a duration of four years. In El Salvador, however, the worker has to apply for an extension to obtain the maximum length of stay.

CountryRegionMax Length of Stay (months)
🇸🇻 El SalvadorAmericas48
🇲🇽 MexicoAmericas48
🇨🇾 CyprusEurope36
🇬🇷 GreeceEurope36
🇦🇬 Antigua and BarbudaAmericas24
🇨🇷 Costa RicaAmericas24
🇨🇴 ColombiaAmericas24
🇪🇨 EcuadorAmericas24
🇭🇺 HungaryEurope24
🇱🇻 LatviaEurope24
🇳🇴 NorwayEurope24
🇷🇴 RomaniaEurope24
🇩🇲 DominicaAmericas18
🇵🇦 PanamaAmericas18
🇭🇷 CroatiaEurope18
🇦🇮 AnguillaAmericas12
🇧🇸 The BahamasAmericas12
🇧🇧 BarbadosAmericas12
🇧🇲 BermudaAmericas12
🇧🇷 BrazilAmericas12
🇨🇼 CuraçaoAmericas12
🇬🇩 GrenadaAmericas12
🇲🇸 MontserratAmericas12
🇱🇨 Saint LuciaAmericas12
🇺🇾 UruguayAmericas12
🇦🇱 AlbaniaEurope12
🇨🇿 Czech RepublicEurope12
🇪🇪 EstoniaEurope12
🇬🇪 GeorgiaEurope12
🇮🇹 ItalyEurope12
🇲🇹 MaltaEurope12
🇵🇹 PortugalEurope12
🇪🇸 SpainEurope12
🇲🇾 MalaysiaMiddle East and Asia12
🇰🇷 South KoreaMiddle East and Asia12
🇹🇷 TürkiyeMiddle East and Asia12
🇦🇪 United Arab EmiratesAfrica12
🇨🇻 Cape VerdeAfrica12
🇧🇿 BelizeAmericas6
🇨🇦 CanadaAmericas6
🇮🇸 IcelandEurope6
🇲🇺 MauritiusAfrica6
🇸🇨 SeychellesAfrica6
🇳🇦 NamibiaAfrica6

Iceland, with a minimum income requirement of $85,000 per individual per year, and Belize, with a requirement of $75,000 per individual per year, have the highest minimum income requirements for digital nomads.

The most common length of stay is one year. This range includes sunny locations like The Bahamas and Bermuda, as well as countries with large economies like Italy and Brazil.

Many countries, like South Korea, Spain, and Portugal, offer a shorter period of stay (one year or less) but allow workers to renew their visas.

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