Hunger has both simple and sophisticated solutions: The interventions themselves are straightforward, with many of them consisting of simple stages. Making that transformation last and sustainable, as well as identifying the proper blend of solutions for each community, is more difficult. 689 million people live in extreme poverty, according to World Bank estimates. That’s nearly one out of every ten people living on less than $1.90 every day. They simply do not have the financial wherewithal to feed their families. A staggering 80% of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas, where their survival is predicated on their ability to cultivate enough food to sustain themselves. These are the folks who will be the most affected by climate change. Natural disasters such as drought and flooding are becoming significantly more common as a result. Crops are ruined when these disasters happen. Occasionally, the entire crop is destroyed, leaving communities without food and no seeds to plant for the following year.
“We’re attempting to tackle a problem here — hunger is on the rise – and about 700 million people are still going to bed hungry. “Whatever we’re spending now isn’t helping those people,” said Carin Smaller, co-director of Ceres2030, a German government and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded initiative. According to Smaller, researchers utilised an economic model to examine how existing spending may be enhanced in 14 sectors ranging from social security and income support to research and training investment. She explained, “It’s not about tripling spending on the same things.”
In many of the countries where Concern works, women make up over half of the agricultural workforce, and statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization suggests that giving female farmers equal access to resources as their male counterparts may boost farm production by 20-30%. As a result, the number of hungry people in the globe could be reduced by up to 150 million.