In 2011, just over one billion people lived on less than $1.25 a day, according to data by The World Bank.
In an effort to document the forces of hunger and poverty, philanthropist and businessman Howard G. Buffett chronicled the struggles of hunger with his camera while traveling through more than 135 countries. His hope: to bring awareness as a part of a global campaign.
A patron observes several of the images that are part of the Newseum's exhibit "40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World – The Photography of Howard G. Buffett" — Photo courtesy of Newseum
The exhibit's title comes from Buffett's belief that we all have about 40 chances to achieve life goals, including the aspect that farmers having around 40 growing seasons to improve their harvests.
"Photojournalism plays a crucial role in capturing the world around us and sharing that information with others," Buffett says. "As the world's premier institution for exhibiting photojournalism, the Newseum is the perfect place to share these photographs with a wider audience."
The exhibit – which will run until Jan. 3, 2016 – features photographs taken on five continents and showcasing Buffett's belief that the causes and effects of hunger may be traced to poverty, fear, war, conflict and lack of opportunities for women.
Patrons may also watch an original Newseum film made to highlight Buffett's work or explore an interactive kiosk showcasing organizations that work to fight hunger across the globe.
Winner of the first International Women's Media Foundation's Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Journalism Award, Heidi Levine will also have images on display as a part of the exhibit. This freelance photojournalist has spent her career covering global issues.
While visiting the museum dedicated to the fourth estate, be sure to take time to peruse the 15 galleries and 15 theaters throughout the building. Explore the 9/11 Gallery, a permanent display featuring first-hand accounts from journalists who covered the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and the mangled North Tower radio antenna.
Get ready for your close-up at the NBC News Interactive Newsroom, where you can become a reporter and deliver news reports.
Don't leave without taking a walk on the Hank Greenspun Terrace. Have your camera ready, because the structure gives visitors a panoramic view of Pennsylvania Avenue, with gorgeous views of some of the district's most iconic buildings.
See how newspapers reported iconic events in the News Corporation News History Gallery, where nearly 500 years of history is covered by nearly 400 front pages.
To get to the Newseum by Metro, there are two nearby stations: Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter or Judiciary Square.