The right to food is an internationally recognized human right. Worldwide over one billion people are denied this right – they are malnourished. As a result, over 24 000 people die every day. Particularly affected are the Sahel and southern Africa. In these regions drought and food shortages lead to recurring famines.
In other parts of the world too people are suffering from hunger. They simply can’t afford what is offered at the market. Experts have identified three reasons for food price increases : biofuel production , commodity trading and climate change.
Even in western countries, a growing number of people find it difficult to afford a healthy nutrition. Families with children are especially affected. The term child poverty describes this deficiency. For these children, a daily hot meal or healthy food like fruits and vegetables are not a given.
Our daily diet has to be seen in perspective of global food production. Food should not be a speculative asset. Sustainable and resource-conserving agriculture is just as necessary as a rethinking of our everyday eating habits. You can find people and projects that are working towards the goal of global food security and -justice on betterplace.org.
What are you waiting for? Donate now on betterplace.org for emergency food packages, seeds for small farmers or a hot meal for a child.