Effectiveness of International Efforts to Ease Problem of Global Hunger

1193 Words Mar 24th, 2011 5 Pages
How effective are the international efforts to ease the problem of global hunger? Global hunger, as its name suggests, is a global issue that requires the assistance and cooperation of countries, regardless of nationality, wealth or religion, so as to find an effective solution. Many policies and efforts, both international and national, have been done, or presently underway to reduce poverty, which causes hunger. The good cause behind these efforts cannot be denied, however, one may doubt if the money pumped into them are potent enough to rapidly decrease the rate of hunger in a short period of time. These efforts have made improvements to alleviate global hunger but more have to be done by the global community via sustainable and long …show more content…
However, this is based on the assumption that the government is fully supportive. In December 2009, the Mali government approved long-term leases for foreign investors to develop large plots of land, at the expense of squeezing local farmers out of the market. Since export of food will give producers higher profits, the large amounts of food may not stay in the country and people will remain poor and hungry. Second, International organizations assist governments in developing countries in aims to reduce malnutrition levels among children. Ghana adopted a Ghana School Feeding Program (GSFP) with funding from World Food Program to work towards the Millennium’s Development Goals. This program can encourage children to enroll in schools and receive more nutritious food. This has achieved results as it has reached 476,083 children in 947 schools 2 years after the program is implemented in 2006. However, such programs are only limited towards schooling children whereas there are more children who are unschooled and are in greater need of food. Moreover, clean drinking water is also a problem in schools. According to a GNA report by Social Enterprise Development Foundation (SEND), 43% of the beneficiary schools do not have access to safe drinking water. This problem is not only seen in Ghana but also in other countries like

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