There are many of us that have enough food to satisfy our needs. All we have to do is walk in to our kitchen and open our cupboards/refrigerator or with one phone call food will be at our doorstep. For many people around the world though, this is not the reality. Hunger is something that that affects 1 in 7 people worldwide. Hunger and malnutrition are actually the number one risk to the health worldwide- greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined! That’s 1 in 7 people who face the challenge in finding enough food for themselves and their family. In the future, 100 million people will face acute hunger brought on by natural disasters and conflicts. If mother nature was not challenging enough, population growth will create an added strain to produce enough food, in which over the years it will become harder and harder to produce enough food to feed the world.
We have limited resources and with added changing weather patters there will be an increase of droughts and floods which will only limited food production. Hunger creates a nasty cycle in which it’s often passed from mother to child. Each year, 17 million children are born underweight because their mothers were malnourished. In some cases, if the mother is so deficient of basic nutrients ,newborn children often die during childbirth from hemorrhaging every year. The principal problem is that many people in the world do not have sufficient income to purchase or land to grow enough food. Recently, financial and economic crises have pushed more people into hunger.
What can hunger lead to?
- A persons body will lack in essential nutrients
- Your immune system is shot
- As you continue to starve, your hunger pains might disappear but you’re always in a state of weariness
- Speech slows dramatically
- Failure of digestive system which often leads to intractable diarrhea
- Many people eventually die of hunger if nothing is done
How can I help solve world hunger?
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “In a gentle way, shake the world”. One person can make a difference they have made a difference.
- Sign a petition urging world leaders to do more
- Consider a career in international development, agriculture or nutritional science and medicine
- Get involved with hunger organizations such as: Action Against Hunger, Save the Children, 1000 Days partnership…etc
- Educate yourself and others about this problem
- Support fair trade: When you support them a share of the selling price goes back to the farmers, helping them to climb out of poverty