What Causes Global Hunger?

Vision News , September 2022      2 min read

You may have heard of this: "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well."

 

Yes! Food is not just something to fill the stomach. Food can be delicious, inventive, colourful, inspiring, and meaningful to all of us. But did you know that nearly 50 million people are on the edge of famine in 45 countries? Tens of millions of children and their families are confronted with starvation in a massive hunger crisis. 

 

According to the United Nation's World Food Programme,

What are the main causes of hunger in the world?

1. Poverty

The unequal distribution of income and lack of resources in developing countries mean that millions of people do not have the land to grow enough food to supply themselves with enough to eat year-round.

2. Conflict

60% of the world's hungry live in areas afflicted by war and violence. Events unfolding in Ukraine are further proof of how conflict feeds hunger, forcing people out of their homes and wiping out their sources of income.

3. The COVID-19 pandemic

The economic shocks brought on by the pandemic and its impact on supply chains, humanitarian access, the global economy and food supplies contribute to the alarming rise of global hunger.

4. Climate change

Feeding everyone on earth would be challenging enough without climate change. It destroys lives, crops and livelihoods, and undermines people’s ability to feed themselves.

How Can I Help?

16 October is World Food Day, celebrated annually to raise awareness on the issue of hunger and healthy food habits for all. This World Food Day, we invite you to take a stand against hunger and poverty by donating to World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine movement. Your contribution will help create a hunger-free world as we unite in our efforts to fight the effects of climate change. While you’re at it, take a moment to learn more about this year’s 30-Hour Famine as well.

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