If there’s a way to drive a wedge among humankind, we’ve already found it. If there’s a way to bring down our numbers, we’re already doing it. The world on a collective front may be steering towards advancements, but an astonishingly large part of the globe is still imprisoned by depravities and man made calamities. One of them being food shortage. In the year 2016, around 108 million people in different parts of the world were declared to be suffering from food crisis.
Even though we’ve almost reached the end of 2017, there doesn’t seem to be a long-lasting solution to this problem. Or even if there is, it is not being encouraged for some reason. As per the Food Security Information Network’s 2017 report on global food crisis, in places like Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Syria, Malawi, Yemen, Nigeria, the brunt of this crisis is being dealt with by over 5 million people respectively. What brings on this ceaseless concern?
War or political tension is one of the main reasons for food shortages. Warring parties lay waste to a great many resources like agricultural farms, stocks, trade routes etc. which have been bred from months or years of hard work. When an entire farm becomes barren, how are the locals to grow crop for their survival? When trade routes are blocked, how are the victims to receive any help? For the sake of declaring a certain sect of people as the most powerful, communities are being pitted against each other. Apart from war, inefficient combating of natural disasters like famine, drought and hurricane also spur shortages.
If sufficient measures are not thought of and implemented well in advance, a region that is hit by these disasters would not be able to bounce back from the havoc. Primary to executing safety measures, it is important to spread awareness among people. The lack of education and information about rights is a prevalent issue. It inhibits people from understanding their privileges and therefore, they give up in the face of conflicts. World Food Programme’s regional communications officer was quoted saying, “Yemen is on the brink of famine with more than 17 million people — two in three people — not knowing where their next meal is coming from.”(“Crisis in Yemen deepens”, 2017) Children and the elderly are greatly impacted by such crisis because they are in need of a lot of nutrition which doesn’t come their way. Most often than not, they don’t even have access to one full meal every day.
There’s nothing we can gain out of letting large groups of people perish due to lack of food; especially when the stats for food wastage are incredulously high. From 1960, there has been a 204% growth in food wastage in the United States, amassing to a total of 35 million tons of food going to waste today. An article published on the Business Insider website opens our eyes to the fact that “If the food wasted in North America and Europe alone were to be collected, it would be enough to feed the world’s hungry people three times over.” Imagine what we could do if we stopped food wastage across the globe!
And if we managed to distribute that to the lesser privileged nations, there would be no crisis at all. In addition to avoiding throwing food, if you are able to make any kind of contribution towards this cause, there are a bunch of organizations that would welcome your generosity by guiding your donation to the right recipient. These organizations, known as food banks, are non-profits that aim to reduce food crisis. The Akshaya Patra Foundation in India, Kaibosh in New Zealand, OzHarvest in Australia, FoodCycle in UK and the Second Helpings in Indianapolis are some NGOs you could contact.