Hunger Profile: South America

Hunger in South America



South America is the 5th largest continent with only 12 countries.  Brazil is the largest South American nation and it is home to nearly half of the entire South American population. South America is home to both the Amazon river (and the tribes of remote peoples that live along its banks) and the Andes mountains. Originally inhabited by tribal Indians South America was colonized by Spain and Portugal leading to Spanish and Portuguese being the main languages spoken now. It has a rich heritage of music, culture and closely connected families.  


There are approximately 62 million hungry people in South America.  It is estimated that up to 70% of the population is food insecure- they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Some of the reasons food insecurity is so big in South America is due to droughts which lead to famine. There is also a big difference between how much money the poor and the rich make, there are many people who make less than $150 a month and that is not much to live on.


How to pray?

 Ask the Lord to bless the Nations of South America.  Ask Him to continue to develop resources and provide food for the people there.