Causes Of World Hunger

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World hunger is undoubtedly one of society’s most (formidable?) issues today. According to Oxford Dictionaries, hunger is “a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, coupled with the desire to eat. ” We are able to produce more than enough food to feed our large population, yet over 800 million people around the world, or one in nine, do not have enough food to eat. Developing nations __ hold the vast majority of 98% of the world’s undernourished people; however, there are some people in First World countries, including Canadian citizens, who still struggle with finding adequate food. Poverty is the predominant cause of world hunger. Inextricably linked with poverty are several other causes of world hunger: war and conflict, …show more content…
In every region of the world where chronic hunger is found, chronic poverty prevails. A family in poverty will find itself stuck in the poverty trap or cycle. The cycle of poverty occurs because a family in debt will not be able to provide medical care, good nutrition, and education for their children; these children, performing poorly in school, grow up with few job opportunities and will likely continue living in poverty generation after generation. There has been a 42 percent reduction of undernourished people in developing countries between 1990–92 and 2012–14. Despite this progress, 13.5 percent of these regions’ populations remain undernourished. Chad, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, India, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Niger are among the most alarmingly hungry nations. For various reasons, these countries suffer from devastating and lasting poverty. …show more content…
In fact, one-third of all the food that is produced in the world is wasted. This amounts to 1.3 billion tons of food, an amount that could feed 4 meals to each hungry person in the world. Not unexpectedly, most of this wastage occurs in developed countries. Nearly one billion people suffer from hunger, yet there are 1.5 billion people who are overweight and 400 million are obese. The most typical cause of food wastage in developed countries is consumers buying too much and being concerned about the product’s appearance. In developing countries, food is wasted during the production process as a result of poor technology and harvesting techniques, as well as insect infestations and high temperatures. It is without doubt that food wastage plays a role in world

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