The agriculture minister in Bangladesh has no doubt what causes hunger in her country : over-population.
The director of the UN’s organisation for food and agriculture (the FAO) says that’s a myth.
World population is set to soar – there is no other word for it – by 34 per cent to 9.1 billion by 2050.
The urban population in developing countries is expected to rise by 86 per cent during the same period.
This report from ActionAid, sates that
“hunger is a choice we make…not a force of nature..”
and says it begins with “inequality”.
So is limiting population – literally discouraging people from having children – one of the answers to the crisis ?
Here’s one reply from Ros’s daily e-mail from Isaphy in Dar es Salaam :
“We have a misconception here in Africa that each and every child comes with it a blessing and we thus tend to have a lot of children whom unfortunately we fail to feed and educate.”