Open for debate: World Hunger: Crisis and a plan of action
According to UN food and agriculture agencies, the number of hungry people in the world has fallen over the past decade. However, the number still stands at 805 million, a figure representing one ninth of the global population.
Some countries have been able to improve their domestic figures, but the number of undernourished people is a still a problem that needs urgent international attention.
The fight against world hunger in 2014 has had numerous setbacks. For instance, the Ebola virus has taken its toll on food supplies reaching the affected countries.
Elsewhere, conflicts in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic have increased hunger in those countries; with the need for aid clear to see.
Plan of action
Solving the issue of world hunger is not just in the interests of those affected, but is also good for the rest of the world. When a country is suffering from hunger throughout its people, this can cause a basic lack of productivity.
Economically, this hinders trading opportunities, costs millions of dollars and is eventually leads to even worse poverty. The desperation caused by such situations can lead to conflict, an issue, which can cost intervening parties millions of their own.
Looking after our own
However, it is not merely out of self-interest that it is important to try and fight world hunger. Humankind must learn to protect each other from all harm. Is world hunger an issue you want on your conscience? Or do you want to beat it?
We can help
There is no straightforward solution to combating this issue, every suffering country has troubles to contend with, and privileged nations must be willing to help.
Countries affected by disease must receive more medical attention. Only by getting the healthy back on their feet can the fight against hunger begin.
In underdeveloped countries, where there is not enough food to go around, aid packages are a necessity; it is also important to promote sustainability.
We must make sure that people are taught how to gather their own food and treat their sick, so they can survive once the aid packages cease to arrive.
Finally, governments must learn to stand up to those who oppress their people. The issue of countries with economic wealth, yet a huge divide between rich and poor, need to be addressed. There is no reason for millions of people to be starving every day.
Publication Integrity & Ethics 10th January 2015