Imagining A Better Future- World Hunger

Shannon Li

Baruch College Campus High School

Highschool, 9th grade

What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place?

World Hunger Ends Now

World Hunger has increased over the past year into a potentially deadly condition. Hunger affects more than 925 million people in the world and surprisingly it doesn’t have to do with food shortage, but rather the outstrip demands of food supplies. In the world we consider “the world of abundance”, human beings are suffering from hunger, malnutrition is outrageous. Millions are suffering from the basic lack of calories and protein to live an active lifestyle. The food needed is converted into energy for us function and live. Hunger is happening all over the world and has become a tragic to families, communities, society and countries.  The vast majority of hungry citizens are developing in foreign countries including Sub-Saharan Africa with the highest prevalence of life expectancy of 50 years. What exactly is causing hunger is a fundamental question with wide-ranged of answers.

World agriculture manufactures 17 percent more calories per person today than 30 years ago,regardless of a 70 percent population increase. The world produces enough quantity of food to feed every single person,but why is it that we are suffering such a dilemma of malnourished people? Poverty is the primary justification of hunger. Poor people lack the resources and basic necessities to live. The unequal distribution in our economic world and other countries has lead to the conflict of hunger. They can’t afford nutritious food and escape the predicament of poverty and hunger. Radical poverty residue as an agitating situation in the world’s developing region such as East Asia. The World Bank has calculated roughly of an estimate of 1,345 million poor people in developing countries who live on $1.25 a day or less. It is barely impossible to feed a family of five,but worse of all, you can’t even feed one person a full meal with such minimal amount of money. Unstable market price spiking makes food full of nutritions out of reach. As the prices rise, consumers turn to cheaper and less-nutritious food, heightening the risk of different forms of malnutrition.Malnutrition leads to poor health , low mental health and mental impairment which reduces the ability for people to work and benefit. People living in poverty has become more vulnerable to earn money without any sort of education and produce a nutritious meals to survive. The hunger is trapping them in the dreadful poverty quandary.

Natural disasters such as floods, storms and long period of drought increases leading to calamitous consequences for undernourished people. Drought is one of the most frequent conviction for food shortage. In 2011, a repeating drought led to crop failure and substantial livestock loss in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Climate change is exacerbating already inauspicious natural affliction. War and displacement disrupts the farming and food production. Fighting amongst countries forces millions of innocent people to leave their home and find a new home with no assets to feed themselves. The government has not been supplying any support for agriculture. The lack of agricultural investment such as roads, irrigation, transportation cost, storage facilities and seed funds limits the access to food and agricultural yields and production. American citizens has become more and more picky about the food they consume. One third of all the food or 1.3 billion tons is not consumed but thrown away. The food wastage can help feed the world which is one in 8 hungry. The increase of food waste affects our environment, economic, and social negatively.

Children are the most crucial victim of undernutrition. Poor nutrition plays an significant role in at least half of 10.9 million child death each year. Such undernutrition has a tremendous impact on illness of common disease we have in the world such as diarrhea(61%), malaria(57%), pneumonia(52%) and measle(45%). Children needs the necessary nutrition to prevent these diseases to happen. Children are our future generation, they are leading our world later on. Establishing a vigorous foundation for child’s health makes a prodigious implication for a child’s future physical and mental health. Without the access to academic achievement, food insecurity for children will drastically affect their life. According to the United States Department of Agriculture,15.8 million children under 18 in the U.S live in household where they are consistently not able to receive nutritious food. With children facing insecure food challenges and not knowing when their next meal will come can lead to potential hostile long-term consequences.In developing countries, one out of every 15 children with experience death before approaching the age of five according to UNICEF. With our future leaders on the line, we are in need of a federal nutrition support to help build healthy and strong minded children. Reaching out to the communities in need will respond and support a sustainable resolution to erase the cause of hunger.

Since we are able to feed everyone in the world, with current knowledge, resources,tools, policies and the community we can solve world hunger. When nations collaborate together to solve world hunger, we can invest in nutritional meal, create economic opportunities and provide food for families struggling in poverty. Solving hunger contributes to stability and harmony between countries. With government providing adequate food supplies and support we are unlikely to collapse.Targeting the people who manufactures and produce these food is the number one priority.With highly productive farmers, we are able to provide more surplus of food. Well-nourished women will give birth to nourished children with a healthy and active lifestyle. Campaigns such as No Kid Hungry campaign and international agency like Stop Hunger Now has been fulfilling the commitments to ending world hunger by distributing food and providing lifesaving aid to end the hunger crisis. Developmental programs such as school feeding programs, free breakfast, reduced price meals,early childhood development programs and medical health enhances a happier and better life by providing beneficiaries opportunities to cease the poverty and hunger cycle with an adequate education, health and development skills. With national nutrition program to protect millions of family struggling with hunger, we can provide nutritious low-price meals for low income families and vulnerable infants a healthy and nutritious pack meal.Volunteer opportunities are available all over the world to help package and ship meals is a low-cost effective operation and at the same time a great way to increase the awareness of global hunger and food insecurity. Working together is the basics of solving chronic hunger. With the participant of every person to help out in their local community and donate we can do so much more than we know. Addressing the root causes of this situation can alleviate the problem and provide sustainable food source for malnourished people and families living in poverty. Lets come together as a community and make a commitment to ending world hunger before it ends us.

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