Hunger as an Issue in our World today – Post #3

In my previous post (post #2), I talked about the issue of hunger and what effects it had on the lives of the people around the world including babies and pregnant mothers. I also gave an insight on the possible diseases that could come from the issue itself. In this post, I am going to talk about the places where hunger is most common at. This will include information on developing and developed nations or countries around the world, how the different economic nations help each other in some ways, and a transition toward government and other organizations that are somewhat helpful in solving the issue.


 

This then leads into places that are mainly struggling with the concern of hunger. The locations that are common for having insufficient food are mainly developing countries and also few developed countries as well. Even though “We have made considerable progress since 1990” (Silva), Josette Sheeran reminds us that “Hunger is still on the march. Risk and volatility define a global economy in which seemingly isolated food price and supply shocks increasingly ripple outward to developing nations, often with broad and devastating effects” (14). Sheeran’s point is that hunger is a big issue that we need to take action against and help others as they go through the devastating effects. Hunger is not a problem where we can solve very quickly but it is necessary to reduce the causalities that it has in our world today. Speaking about developing areas, “One of every five people in the developing world is hungry” (Clapp, 23). Clapp’s whole point is that hunger is a terrible issue that needs to be solved immediately because people are enduring famine. Hilal Elver addresses that “Of the world’s hungry people, 98% live in developing countries” (Guardian News). That statistic itself is horrifying because it’s depressing to know that some people in our world today live in a terrible world of their own. Just like developing countries suffering from hunger, developed nations are also suffering too. With developed nations, they suffered many damages from natural disasters and some of those effects were taken care of by the governments or other organizations.

According to Josette Sheeran, “In developed countries, livelihood and asset losses sustained in natural disasters are often covered by international insurance, capital markets, or government budgets which act as contingency funds” (9). Developing nations are unfortunate because “About 1.2 billion people in developing countries – almost five times the U.S. population – live on $1 a day or less. These people often cannot afford to buy all the food they need, although they may spend 50 to 70 percent of their incomes trying, and many do not have access to land to produce food” (Andersen, 24). Andersen is saying that people who live in the world’s poorest nations are suffering from having enough to eat in a day. Many people are dealing with this misery from hunger because they are not fortunate enough to satisfy their needs. Besides, developing nations and developed nations may support one another to overcome hunger in our world.

Despite the fact that both developing nations and developed nations carry their own differences, one must look to another as an example for help. For example, developed countries may “provide technical assistance and financial support for poor countries’ agriculture, as well as technical support to developing countries to create strong animal and plant health standards so that they can produce for developed country markets” (Andersen, 25). Also, both the developed nations and developing nations are already working together in some cases because “Developed countries stand to gain from support for agricultural research for developing countries. For example, high – yielding varieties of wheat and rice bred by the Future Harvest centers for use in developing countries are now widely planted in the United States as well as in the developing world” (Andersen, 27). Andersen is informing us that both developed and developing nations are already supporting each other by planting crops like wheat and rice in their countries. It would be amazing to gain more support from developed and developing nations because if those nations support each other from importing or exporting crops, the problem of hunger would be reduced.  Speaking about developing nations and developed nations supporting each other to solve hunger, governments and other institutions may be helpful or not helpful in some ways too.


 

Sources:

Graziano da Silva, José. “Opinion: We Can End Hunger. Here’s How.” National Geographic 16 Oct. 2015: 1-3. Print.

Sheeran, Josette. “How To End Hunger.” Washington Quarterly 33.2 (2010): 3. MasterFILE Complete. Web. 4 Mar. 2016.

Clapp, Jennifer. “World Hunger And The Global Economy: Strong Linkages, Weak Action.” Journal Of International Affairs 67.2 (2014): 1. MasterFILE Complete. Web. 4 Mar. 2016.

Elver, Hilal. “Why are there still so many hungry people in the world?.” Guardian News 19   Feb 2015. Print.

Pinstrup-Andersen, Per. “Feeding The World In The New Millennium.” Environment 43.6 (2001): 22. MasterFILE Complete. Web. 4 Mar. 2016.

 

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