One in four children worldwide suffers from acute hunger. This condition increases the likelihood of suffering from acute malnutrition by up to 50 percent. According to UNICEF, the situation is particularly serious when children consume no more than two of the eight defined food groups, often limited to breast milk or milk and staple foods rich in starch. Lack of access to fruits, vegetables and nutrient-rich foods such as eggs, fish, poultry or meat is a reality for most of these children. Of the 181 million children affected, 65 percent live in just 20 countries, with the majority located in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In regions such as Somalia and the Gaza Strip, the situation is particularly critical, with a large proportion of children living in conditions of extreme food poverty, the report says.

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