Hunger as an Issue in our World today – Post #5

In my previous post (post #4), I gave a detailed knowledge on how the government and other organizations have contributed toward the goal of eradicating hunger. There were some lacking of actions between the government systems and not much has been done yet. The issue is still a major topic in our world today and therefore, action must be taken by the government and other organizations. In this post, I will be talking about some possible solutions that could be helpful in eradicating hunger around the world. This post will include organizations that have helped in taking a stand in this issue, suggestions on how nations should contribute to the issue, and also a little bit on the government and its political will.


 

There are some organizations that are slowly working their way towards eliminating hunger in our world today. Hilal Elver implies that “the greatest challenge for the sustainable development goals (SDGs) is to eradicate poverty and hunger while maintaining sustainable food security for all in a crowded and dramatically unequal world” (Guardian News). Elver’s point is that we need to focus on eradicating poverty and hunger in our world by working with other organizations and even the government. With that in mind, “Upholding women’s financial, educational and legal rights would be the best use of funds dedicated to eradicating hunger, poverty and child undernourishment” (Elver). In other words, the government can support women’s rights to finance, education, and legal rights so that those funds could be used to contribute toward the goal of eradicating hunger. In order to eradicate hunger, the political will of the government needs to be exercised in solving hunger (Elver). Elver is surely right about saying that strong political will could contribute towards eradicating hunger because, as she may not be aware, recent research have said that “Eradicating hunger requires commitment—political will. It will require sustained efforts in many areas, particularly pro-poor investments in rural areas, where the majority of the world’s most vulnerable live” (Silva). In addition to having powerful forces like the government contributing towards eradicating hunger, other powerful nations such as the United States should consider contributing to this subject too.

In Per Pinstrup-Andersen’s journal “Feeding the World in the New Millennium,” he suggests that powerful nations like the United States “should make the eradication of hunger the top priority of its relations with developing countries, as the Presidential Commission on World Hunger recommended 20 years ago” (29). Andersen is recommending that if powerful nations like the United States took into consideration the goal of eradicating hunger together by working with other developing countries, there may be a greater chance of actually eliminating hunger in our world. That way, many lives will be saved and there would not be several cost on the lives of the people. Speaking of powerful nations, the United States is also known for being the world’s wealthiest country. So, if America could increase aid to developing countries, it would be really supportive (Andersen, 29). Andersen then went on stating how America would be a helpful nation in solving hunger by suggesting that “The United States should target aid resources based on need (i.e., to countries with high levels of poverty and hunger, particularly in South Asia and Africa)” (29). Andersen’s theory of the United States providing aid to countries that are suffering from poverty and hunger is extremely useful because it shed insight on the difficult problem of people in developing countries that need a lot of assistance because they are the ones who are undergoing poverty and hunger. However, Josette Sheeran argues in her journal, “Preventing hunger: Sustainability not aid” by saying, “Food aid has saved millions of lives, but it cannot, by itself, solve hunger” (470). Sheeran is right that food aid itself cannot solve hunger, but she seems on more dubious ground when she claims that food aid cannot by itself solve hunger. If food aid is saving millions of lives, then we must think positive and believe that as people rely on food aid, this might influence government and other associations to provide more food aid. By doing that, the concerns of hunger would slowly and eventually be solved. Furthermore, we must consider the main responsibility of how we can go about in contributing to solving the problem of hunger.


 

Sources:

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

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

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

Sheeran, Josette. “Preventing Hunger: Sustainability Not Aid.” Nature 479.7374 (2011): 469. MasterFILE Complete. Web. 4 Mar. 2016.

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