(Excerpt from the thesis for Diploma D’University du Gout, De la Gastronomie et des Arts de la Table, Hautes Etudes du Gout, University of Reims, Champage-Ardennes, May 2017 “Can Molecular Gastronomy Help Alleviate the Prevalence of World Hunger?”)
Universal Declaration of Human Rights state. “the right to access of food is an inalienable human right.”
In 2000, the United Nations declared its goal:”to cut the number of people around the world who suffer from hunger into half measure.”
Out of 129 countries from the 1992 Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) Hunger List, 72 countries have met the goal in 2015. But, from 1,011 million hungry people of two decades ago, there are still 795 million left who go to bed hungry.( IFPRI. Von Graebmer et al: Synopsis:Global Hunger Index, 2015)
Where are the hungry people?
Although there is a small percentage of hungry people in the urban regions of developed countries – industrialized, technologically advanced and market oriented economies-, most of the hungry people are located in the developing countries, or global south, mostly in the Sub-Saharan Africa, pockets of south, west and east Asia and war-torn countries of the middle east.
Factors that contribute to this global issue are: (in no particular order)
2. Lack of education among smallholder farmers esp. in agricultural techniques
3. Wars, and civil unrest
4. Natural disasters, such as prolonged drought and floods
5. Imbalance in global trade practices
6. Gender Inequality
7. National graft and corruption
8. Residual effects of Climate change
9. Apathy – local, and global levels
10. Traditions and cultural superstitions
11. Post colonialism attitudes
12. Repressive governments
13. Food Waste in the rest of the world
For starters, these facts will be the anchor of most of the entries , and hopefully, responses from readers, to pave the way for individuals to be able to participate in the forum of this very important global issue. Send your opinions and remarks and observations and let us start a dynamic exchange, a productive one, to exact ideas and perhaps, even solutions on this level to help reduce the prevalence of world hunger.
THAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG.
We encourage you to contribute and we know we can help, in our special individual ways.
Thank you and we look forward to your reactions to these questions:
- Do you think, we , as individuals, can contribute to the solution of world hunger?
- If yes, in what ways?
- If no, why not?
- Do you think there are enough global organizations that are dealing with this issue?
- Do you care to know what these organizations are and what they are doing?
- Do you have ideas on what other factors might be causing this global issue that is not listed above?
- Do you have ideas on how we can spread the word around and seek other peoples’ ideas and thoughts on how to help reduce and eradicate world hunger?