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Seven ways the Internet of Things can help end world hunger

August 01, 2018 / Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

World hunger has existed for centuries. It persists despite the elimination of apparent catalysts such as food production challenges. The phrase, “trying to solve world hunger,” has become shorthand to indicate any problem that seems insurmountable. The statistics are depressing. Every ninth person in the world is hungry, according to the World Food Programme. A staggering 800 million people in the world go to bed hungry every day, based on an estimated world population of 7.6 billion in December 2017. But the picture is not all grim. The number of hungry people in the world has shrunk by more than 200 million since the early 1990s, even given the substantial increase in global population, thanks to the concerted efforts of governments, world organizations, charities, and local agencies. However, the goal of a hunger-free world still eludes us