“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread” – Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist World hunger is one of the biggest problems faced in this world today. About 24,000 people die every day, and most of these deaths are faced by children under five. Even though there is a lot of food in the world, some people in the world can’t access these foods because of poverty. About 1/10 of the world population suffer from chronic hunger every year. Because of the hunger problem, the majority of people suffer from blindness, anemia, malnutrition related problems and other diseases because they are not getting enough diet.
If these basic needs can be attained many lives will be saved. Background Information To begin with, millions of people do not have enough food to eat. Thousands of people every year die from malnutrition. Food has a huge impact on everyday life. In Africa, people survive on using less than one dollar and twenty five cents per day.
Laura Smith – Spark on www.cnn.com writes, “Half of the 258,000 Somalis who died in the famine were children younger than 5.” (Smith-Spark et al. May 02, 2013) Somalia was once considered to be one of the most prosperous countries in Africa, but now is considered as one of the worse. How did this horrible transition occur to such a prosperous country? This horrendous result is due to the famine, lack of resources, and lack of trade. Oxfam International states, “Famines result from a combination “triple failure” ("Famine in Somalia: causes and solutions").
According to Food Banking, “Being poor prevents people from buying or producing healthy food,” and “We must stop hunger, be the voice for the poor and hungry and think of smart ways to solve the problem of world hunger so people don’t die simply” (Revolution Hunger). The top countries facing the most poverty and deaths are” India, China, The Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia” (World Food Programme). According to Revolution Hunger, “the highest causes for hunger is natural disasters, government and policies, agriculture and poverty” (Revolution Hunger). One of the biggest reasons though, is poverty. Because many people suffer from poverty,”This makes them weaker and less able to earn the money that would help them escape poverty and hunger” (WFP).
ECONOMIC PROBLEMS AND POOR PEOPLE OF AFRICA Growth in Africa is not enough for its people to grow, which is leading to poverty and hunger in Africa. Today Africa is one of the leading countries having poverty and economic problems. One half of the Africans live below the poverty line which leads to low human development in Africa. The main cause of poverty in Africa is a problem in its economic system and environmental factors. Because of poverty people of Africa remain hungry as they don’t have enough money to buy their food and their basic needs.
Hunger is spreading in Africa including Niger where some 2.9 million people face food shortages. In 1970 sub-Saharan Africa had 18 million malnourished children. By 1997 there were 32 million, according to IFPRI. The global trend, meanwhile, moved in the opposite direction: 203 million hungry children in 1970 down to 166 million in 1997, according to IFPRI report (McLaughlin and Purefoy 1). It is impressive how many children are starving to death in Africa and the percentage just keeps increasing.
Statically, these developing world countries see child hunger the most; about 89% of undernourished people (including children) live in developing countries. The bulk (more than 70%,)of the world’s hungry are in the rural areas and villages in Africa and Asia. From a national standpoint, women and children suffer the most, and malnourished mother, and expecting mother soften give birth to underweight babies (ESchoolToday 2010). The global hunger problem is closely related to poverty, the economy, malnutrition, health conditions, unemployment; and it’s going to take a global change to totally eliminate
On a daily basis, first world countries worry about warfare, competing with other nations, and improving technology to better conditions. Despite living in a world where these near ideal countries exist, some nations still struggle with the ability to provide some of the most basic vital needs to its citizens. Africa, home to a plethora of cultures, is one region that has struggled with food security throughout history. Although other countries may overlook leftover food being tossed into landfills, some people, including many Africans, cannot afford such a luxury. These millions of Africans, who live day by day unsure of where their next meal will come from, suffer from a malady of directly related problems.
There aren’t many things we can do to help these people who are strugglle starving 1.5 million of them are children. Africa, Haiti, and Ethiopia have a large number of people suffering from starvation. Haiti has 5.0 million people are facing food shortage, that is 44.5 percent of Haiti’s population. Ethiopia has a much larger amount of people dealing with starvation, 34.0 million which is 40.2 percent of the population. More than 2500 children die each day in Africa.
Without Environmental Sustainability, Economic Stability Cannot Be Achieved. In 2008 according to United Nations “majority of the world population lives in the urban” ("LINKING POPULATION, POVERTY AND DEVELOPMENT"). That does not hide the fact that people are still suffering from poverty, hunger and malnutrition. The issue of poverty is rapidly increasing, and it is because of the economic instability cause by overexploitation. That is why many poor children have nothing to feed their growling stomachs and nourish their dry bones.