Poverty & Hunger
Poverty and Hunger are both very complex global issues that are often closely interlinked. More than 1 in 10 people globally are affected by the inability to afford simple necessities such as adequate food.
Roughly 805 million people go undernourished on a daily basis, consuming less than the recommended 2,100 calories a day.3 This can look very different to different people. For some, it means sending a young child going to school without breakfast. For others, it’s an entire community unable to grow crops for food as a result of a lengthy drought. The scope of issues is vast, intertwined with other causes and needs compounding one another into bigger and more complicated problems.
The reality is that the world produces enough food to feed all 7 billion people living in it4 but for various logistical and political reasons this food is not equally distributed.
Poverty is not just going hungry. Poverty can mean no access to education, medical care or basic sanitation. In some cases, poverty can mean death.
Charities all over the world are working towards eliminating poverty and hunger for good. Situating themselves in political conflict or at the site of natural disasters, emergency food and medical aid is delivered globally saving lives in dire situations.There are also programmes dedicated to facilitating long term solutions once an environment becomes stable again. Teaching communities to help themselves through education and the provision of farming or sanitation equipment.
In wealthier countries where poverty still exists there are food bank services and donation appeals designed to provide those who currently have less with all that they need.
Humanitarian campaigning is also a big part of the bid to stamp out poverty and hunger, appealing to those with the power in countries plagued by conflict or unfair governments pushes for real, tangible change and equality for people the world over.
Using all of these different approaches, catered to individual communities could mean that one day, poverty and hunger will become a thing of the past.
- United Nations Development Programme. "Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience." Human Development Report, 2014 http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/hdr/2014-human-development-report.html
- United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME). "UNICEF: Committing to Child Survival: A promise renewed." UNICEF, 2014 https://www.unicef.org/media/files/UNICEF_2013_A_Promise_Renewed_Second_Progress_Report_Full_Report.pdf
- Food and Agricultural Organisation http://www.fao.org/publications/sofi/2014/en/
- Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN. "The State of Food Insecurity in the World. Part 3: Feeding the World." FAO, 2012 http://www.fao.org/docrep/016/i3027e/i3027e00.htm