Thursday, 21 August 2014
How to end hunger (book)
Many people think that the big food challenge for the future will be to produce enough to feed the hungry. Closing the hunger gap however would raise demand by under 2 percent of present global food production. The real problem is the low price of food. The idea that low food prices will reduce the scale of hunger is flawed since the main reason for people being hungry is that they cannot afford the food they need, even when prices are low. Yet most of the hungry are food producers themselves, so it makes sense to let prices rise and increase the food buying power of the poor. Income transfers, targeted on poor families are also needed, at least until countries begin to manage their economies more equitably. We need to mainstream the concepts of fairness, healthy eating and sustainability throughout the food management system.