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Facts about malnutrition & poverty :

* According to FAO figures the number of malnourished people worldwide increased by 75 million in 2007 to an estimated total of 925 million.

* 19 million children suffer from acute malnutrition.

* There are 2.2 billion children in the world and nearly 1 billion live in poverty.

* 10.6 million children died in 2003 before the age of 5 - equal to the total number of children in France, Germany, Greece & Italy combined.

* One sixth of the world's population entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.

One child dies every 5 seconds from hunger related causes.

* 15 million children a year die from hunger

* 1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water and 2.66 billion lack basic sanitation.

* The world produces 17% more calories per person than it did 30 years ago despite a 70% population increase.

* 11% of the world's population does not have access to it. This, and lack of safe sanitation, result in 1.4 million children dying from water-related diseases every year.

* Sanitation can be defined as access to safe, clean and effective human urine and feces disposal facilities. Worldwide, 2.5 billion people live without this essential service and the resulting diarrheal diseases kill 4,000 children a day.

Facts about curry & food in Britain :

* Britons spend an average of £35 per head of the total population each year on curry (Datamonitor).

* Expenditure on food and drink increased 8.6% 2004-2007.

* 23 million people in Britain eat out more than once each year.

* There are between 9000-9500 Indian restaurants (Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Sri Lankan) in UK.

The Indian restaurant sector provides around 170 million meals a year, sufficient for nearly 3 meals per person of the population.

* The first curry restaurant in Britain opened in London in 1809.

* Over £30 bn will be spent in restaurant curry sector 2008 to 2022.

* In 2006 the estimated value of the Indian food market stood at £493.8 million. (Mintel) UK Indian foods market will grow by an estimated 6% to reach a value of £524.6 million at current prices by 2011.(Mintel)

* The annual turnover of the Indian restaurant industry including drink is approx £3bn p.a.

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