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Education’s impact

24,000: the number of people who die everyday of hunger or hunger-related causes.

UNESCO: Countries with an adult literacy rate of about 40 percent, GNP per capita averaged $210 annually; in those countries with at least 80 percent literacy rates, GNP per capita was $1000 and above.

The World Bank: A minimum of four years of primary education increased farmers’ productivity by 8.7 to 10 percent in 13 countries.

1970-1995: between these years, women’s education and relative status contributed to a 44 percent reduction in child malnutrition in developing countries. Improvements in women’s education contributed more than any other input.

Providing nutritious food at school is a simple but effective way to improve literacy rates and help poor children break out of poverty.