Understanding Global Food Security

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“The average person is still under the aberrant delusion that food should be somebody else’s responsibility until I’m ready to eat it”

Food insecurity, which refers to the availability of food and one’s access to it, still persists as a significant problem for the contemporary world. The challenge is straightforward: by 2050 nine billion people must be fed on earth. Though according to World Resources Institute, global food production per capita has been increasing substantially for the past several decades, still the results are not that impressive.

By now around 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth. The vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished. OXFAM estimates that nearly 3 million children die each year due to complications brought on by malnutrition.

Both developed and developing parts of the world are facing food insecurity problem. There are several different factors underlying, such as population growth, climate change, water scarcity, decrease in agricultural production, food wastage, etc. Number of organizations work to establish the guidelines and launch projects that will help reduce global food insecurity level. E.g. In order to eliminate hunger FAO summons for political commitment, governance and coordination along with decreasing food wastage levels and increasing social awareness about nutrition.

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