UN Warns of Dire Food Shortage: 1.02 Billion Hungry People in the World and Counting

October 22, 2009

(ChattahBox)— A growing convergence of the effects of global warming, population growth, increasing hunger, the global recession and a growing demand for biofuels that replace food production, all are leading towards a catastrophic world food shortage. International scientists and agronomists are racing against time to increase worldwide food production by 50 percent over the next two decades, to put food in the mouths of every man, woman and child on the planet, but it’s a daunting task.

According to The New York Times, a UN report released last week revealed that the global recession added at least 100 million additional hungry people, by depriving them of the resources to buy enough food, but the numbers of hungry were rising before the financial crisis.

There is enough arable land, water and expertise available to grow enough food, but the challenge is growing it in the poorest developing countries, like the sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where the hungry can get it and afford to pay for it.

The failure of getting food to the people who need it the most is a consequence of a failed agriculture system. Kostas G. Stamoulis, a senior economist for the UN says, “The way we manage the global agriculture and food security system doesn’t work. There is this paradox of increasing global food production, even in developing countries, yet there is hunger,” said Stamoulis.

And the food shortage problem will significantly worsen, as the population is estimated to grow to 9.1 billion in 40 years, requiring an increase in food production of 70 percent by 2050.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton supports a change in international aid programs to focus more on agriculture aid in local communities to help small farmers and women grow food for their families. This change may help get food to the hungry in the poorest nations.

Despite all of the experts’ best efforts however, there is still the issue of the global recession to deal with. These programs require funds that many of the richest countries are having difficulty coming up with during these lean times.

The G8 meeting in L’Aquila, Italy began with an inefficient $15 billion contribution from the world leaders. But President Obama spoke of his father growing up in a poor Kenyan village, herding goats and facing daily hunger, along with his neighbors.

According to the officials present at the meeting, Obama’s eloquent and personal speech inspired an additional contribution of $5 billion to feed the world’s hungry. It’s the many small, but powerful and transformative instances, multiplied many times over, since Obama took office, which transpired at the L’Aquila meeting that compelled the world community to award President Obama with the Nobel Peace Prize.

The United States, offered the largest pledge of $3.5 billion and it will take additional haggling to obtain all of the pledged funds.

The next meeting of world leaders will take place in Rome on Nov.16, when the worldwide food shortage crisis will be at the top of the agenda.

Source: The New York Times


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  2. famous on December 4th, 2009 7:45 am

    Help them together and get it above poverty line.

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