What are the causes of hunger globally?

Question by Eileen L: What are the causes of hunger globally?
I’m a student taking part in the 2008 UN GAID Global Youth Forum, with a research on ways to ‘eradicate extreme poverty and hunger’? I do think that hunger is due to lack of sustainable lands for farming.. What do you think? I’d love to hear from you.

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Answer by Ricky W
lack of food dude

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4 Responses to “What are the causes of hunger globally?”

  1. Marco M says:

    There are many reasons — from poor crop genetics, (yield varieties), to poor distribution, (getting food from places where it’s abundant to where it’s scarce), to calamities of weather I’m not a farmer, but I know that the right kind of cultivation can make poor land produce well.

  2. revolution44 says:

    Greed & meat consumption.

    First, The U.S. is only 5% of the world’s population but we consume 70% of the world’s goods & that includes alot of waste which in turn includes alot of thrown out food which is still entirely edible. In fact it has been estimated that if we only emptied the trash in America we could feed the world’s hungry.

    Next, Meat consumption is the worst waste of land. One acre can produce 165 lbs of meat. Or that same acre can be used to make about 10,000 lbs of tomatoes or oranges or 14,000 lbs of potatoes not to mention the amount of grain to make bread that could be fed to the world’s hungry. Which by the way explains why I, my wife & children are vegetarians.

    It’s all about concentrated wealth & simply not caring for other people bcuz they are different & perceived as inferior. All the children who die at a rate of 40,000 per day die of preventable diseases like hunger, lack of clean water or illnesses for which we already have the cure. They simply don’t have the $ $ $ .

  3. lina inverse says:

    arable land (land that can be cultivated) is a necessity, but do not forget, many of the regions experiencing hunger are also experiencing low rainfall conditions or drought.

    weather has a huge impact on crop production: early or late freezes, excessive snow or rain, flooding, windstorms (hurricanes, typhoons), excessive wind can remove leaves, buds and unripe fruits or vegetables, incursion of salt water into the land either by flooding or water table seepage. brushfires also cause millions of acres of land to be destroyed.

    contamination of the arable land might occur with toxic runoff, human waste or commercial accidents (think: oil spill, chemical waste, poor drainage of waste (either commercial or effluence).

    encroachment of human habitation. the commercialization or arable land to support an increasingly urban society, as populations increase, new housing, roads and other urban infrastructures are built upon land that was previously cultivated for crops.

    overuse of existing lands and failure to use crop rotation (or unable to use fertilization due to cost $ ), the land is depleted of it’s nutrients and crop yields are smaller and smaller as the land loses more and more of it’s necessary nutrients.

    disease. there are many diseases, molds and fungi that destroy growing crops. the methods to reduce this problem are not available to many 3rd world countries. entire crops are lost year after year. mildew and fungi resistant strains are devloped but may not be available to all due to the fact that these improved strains that have been bred to be resistant are also more costly to purchase (the seeds).

    ineffective irrigation systems. irrigation systems are costly, yet they provide a very necessary buffer against insufficient rainfall.

    pests. insects and other wildlife destroy crops. pesticides are one aid to this problem, which may not be available to the farmers in poor countries, and many have also been shown to have detrimental effects in humans.

    it has been said that the earth has enough cultivatable land to sustain the populations of the entire world, however, some areas are more “blessed” than others, so an effective distribution network needs to be devised to deliver the food from the large producer nations to the poorer countries. in the same way that tomatoes and corn make their way into the industrial cities of the world (trucks, rail and air), it is necessary that the food be delivered throughout all areas of impovershed nations. however, corruption at the very top of the chain often results in the sale of donated food with the profits ending up in the pockets of the rulers and military leaders of that country. food distribution is very ineffective and also the countries often lack the basic infrastructure (roads and so forth) to carry the food to the people in need (this is of course, assuming that the entire shipment was not confiscated by the military or governmental leaders for their own profit.).

    good luck on your essay.

  4. charastorker says:

    International Capitalism


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