Within Reach: Global Development Goals

The 2013 Hunger Report

Goal Setting


Getting things done is easier with specific goals. The global rate of extreme poverty has been cut in half with the help of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) a great example of the power of goal-setting.

Now it’s time to step up progress on global hunger by setting a renewed goal: to eliminate extreme poverty and hunger by 2040.

Facts and Quotes

  • “The MDGs are the global community’s most holistic approach yet to human development.” (Introduction)
  • Nearly half the world’s population (47 percent) lived on less than $1.25 a day in 1990. By 2008, less than a quarter (24 percent) did.
  • Most often, poor people do not live in poor countries. Most people who make do on less than $1.25 a day (the international poverty line) live in middle-income countries.
  • Food prices matter – even more than you’d think: poor people in low-income countries spend, on average, half or more of their entire incomes on food.

Learn more. Read the introduction to the Hunger Report to explore this issue further.