Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Review: The State of Food Insecurity in the World

by M. J. Joachim

Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

It’s a very dry and informative report, one that is important for all of us to read. The world has come together in an effort to decrease by half, “the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries by 2015.” All estimations are that this goal can be reached.

The good news is that only approximately 805 million people suffer from malnutrition, “down more than 100 million over the last decade, and 209 million lower than in 1990-92.”

Among the things most poignant about this book is the fact that decreasing world hunger is everyone’s problem and requires a community effort by governments, citizens and anyone compassionate enough to care and try to make a difference. Efforts, particularly by individual governments, must be organized to be effective. Multiple variables should be considered to establish the necessary infrastructure to meet the needs of their people.

“Public and private investments to raise agricultural productivity; better access to inputs land, services, technologies and markets; measures to promote rural development; social protection for the most vulnerable, including strengthening their resilience to conflicts and natural disasters; and specific nutrition programmes, especially to address micronutrient deficiencies in mothers and children under five.”

Malnutrition is different from starvation. Feeding the hungry is not solely about making sure they have enough to eat. It is about making sure they have the right foods, resources and nutrition from what they eat too. All the produce in the world isn’t worth anything to a hungry person, if it is contaminated by a polluted watering system destined to make people sick.

Not surprisingly, countries ravaged by war pay a high price when it comes to food. People often migrate away from the turmoil with very few belongings, little to no food - they give up their homesteads where they might have had known resources, gardens and fresh water - they wander, not knowing when or if their next meal will come.

Regardless of whether or not you read this book, you can’t help but understand its message. There are people in the world who are hungry, malnourished and starving. We’ve made much progress in decreasing how many people suffer this way, but we have a long way to go too.

805 Million Hungry and Starving People 
That’s quite simply not acceptable at all!

I hope this post inspires you to try and make even the smallest possible difference. Thank you for visiting, commenting on and sharing this post which is part of the 2nd Annual Holiday Food Drive. I do hope you’ll join us in our efforts! Here’s the link to the book, if you are interested.


M. J.

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