Take a look at the picture and multiply it by one billion.
That’s the worldwide figure of people going hungry according to the latest UN Food Agencies report.
“We should be calling this world hunger day, not world food day,” says Emilia Casella from the World Food Programme.
Today, ActionAid came out with a report which praises Brazil and China for its efforts to combat hunger but criticises India.
Is the solution entirely in the hands of agricultural investment? Not according to this blogger who believes hunger is a moral consequence of greed. What about the academics and agencies researching into the crisis? Not working says Gebisa Ejeta “Far too many research results are sitting on the shelf,” he said. Gebisa is scheduled to receive the World Food Prize for his work on combating a weed that infests many crops in Africa. Does a solution to hunger need to be home grown?
There’s plenty of food in the world says Louis Belanger from Oxfam. But the UN insist that food production will have to increase by 70% over the next forty years to feed the world’s population. It’s a grim prediction – do this or face famine by 2050.