There is enough money and resources in the world to solve world hunger, so why is this still an issue?
Every day, around the world, people go to bed hungry. They wake up hungry. And they spend the entire day struggling to find enough food to eat. Globally, there is more than enough food to go around – not because of a shortage. A complex mix of factors, including poverty, conflict, and environmental degradation, causes hunger.
Hunger can be eradicated, even though it may seem impossible. Solutions include:
- Improved agricultural production.
- Redistribution of wealth and resources.
- Improved access to education and healthcare.
As an individual, you can help by donating to charitable organizations, advocating for change, and educating yourself and others about the issue of hunger. We can end hunger once and for all with concerted effort and determination.
The Problem of World Hunger
The Scope of the Problem
According to World Vision, “world hunger is worsening at an unprecedented rate. The number of people suffering from chronic hunger worldwide has climbed to 811 million as of 2022. Approximately 50 million people are facing emergency levels of hunger across 45 countries. The situation has gotten so serious in the last couple of years that many countries are now at the risk of famine.”
This means that they were not getting enough calories on a daily basis to lead active, healthy lives. According to the World Bank, about 9.2% of the world’s population lives in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 a day. Globally, 1.3 billion people live in poverty on multiple levels in 107 developing countries, according to a 2020 report by the United Nations Development Programme.
The Causes of World Hunger
Poverty is the main cause of hunger in the world. According to the World Bank, poverty is defined as “having insufficient income to purchase food for one’s family”. In 2022, 9.2% of the world’s population lived on less than US$1.90 a day – which equates to just over $700 per year for an entire family. That same year, 43% of the world’s population lived below the international poverty line of $3.10 a day – just over $1,100 per year for an entire family.
Many factors contribute to poverty and, consequently, to hunger:
– Lack of access to land and other productive resources
– Climate change and environmental degradation
– Poor governance and economic policies
– Systematic Racism
– Gender inequality
The world’s food supply is more than sufficient to feed the entire global population of 8 billion people. However, hunger and malnutrition persist because many people do not have access to the food they need. One way to address the problem of world hunger is to improve agricultural production and distribution so that everyone has enough to eat.
There are several ways to improve agricultural production. One is to increase yields through better farming practices. This can be done by using more efficient irrigation methods, applying fertilizer more judiciously, and planting drought-resistant crops. Another way to increase agricultural production is to expand the amount of land under cultivation. This can be done by clearing new land for farming or by increasing the amount of irrigated farmland.
For agriculture to be truly effective in addressing world hunger, however, it must be coupled with other measures, such as improved access to education and healthcare. Without these additional measures, increased food production will only benefit those already well-nourished while doing little to help those malnourished or at risk of becoming so.
Redistribution of Wealth and Resources
Another possible solution to world hunger is redistributing wealth and resources so that everyone has enough to eat. This would involve taking resources from countries or individuals who have more than they need and giving them to those who don’t have enough. Such a redistribution could occur through international aid programs, trade agreements, or direct transfers of wealth or resources (e.,g., foreign aid).
In addition to direct transfers from wealthy individuals or governments to poor individuals or governments, you can create a wealth and resource redistribution system utilizing taxation. One example of this kind of transfer is foreign aid, when one country gives money, goods, or services to another. Foreign aid can take many forms, including development, humanitarian, and military assistance.
Sadly, when wealthy countries distribute aid to poorer nations, many strings get attached that limit how those resources are spent and allocated. Furthermore, the cost of receiving foreign aid often leaves poorer countries dependent rather than giving them economic tools for prosperity and self-reliance.
Improved Access To Education And Healthcare
It is essential to provide people with access to education and healthcare to enable them to work and earn a living wage, allowing them to buy food for their families simultaneously. Poor or not education and health care limit a person’s opportunity to seek and maintain gainful employment. Not being able to work or contribute to the economy via taxes, resources needed to address poverty remain a revolving circle with a lack of adequate funds to address the root cause.
While improved access to education and healthcare can help alleviate the problem of world hunger, it is not a panacea. For example, even if people have access to education and healthcare, they may still need help finding work or earning a living wage. In addition, some people may be too sick or malnourished to take advantage of these opportunities even if they are available. Nevertheless, improved access to education and healthcare can make a significant difference in the lives of those who can take advantage of it and is, therefore, an essential part of any effort to combat world hunger.
What You Can Do to Help.
Donate to Charitable Organizations
There are several ways to help eradicate world hunger, and one of the most important is donating to charitable organizations. Many organizations are working to combat hunger globally, and your donations can make a real difference. Do some research and find an organization that you trust and that you feel is making a difference, then consider making a donation or getting involved.
Advocate for Change
Another way that you can help to eradicate world hunger is by advocating for change. This can involve contacting your representatives and letting them know that this is an issue you care about and want them to take action. It can also include raising awareness in your community about the issue of world hunger and what can be done to address it. There are many ways to advocate for change, so find the best approach and get involved.
Educate Yourself and Others
One of the most important things you can do to help eradicate world hunger is to educate yourself and others about the issue. There is a lot of misinformation about world hunger, so it’s important to be well-informed about the facts. Once you understand the problem well, you can start sharing this information with others and helping dispel any myths or misconceptions they may have. Raising awareness is crucial in the fight against world hunger, so make sure you do your part in spreading accurate information.
The world is filled with intelligent people, and the funds are there to solve this problem. Who benefits from having one portion of the world living in poverty?