Global hunger

There is more than sufficient food for everyone in the world

Exact figures for 2020 are not available though, the United Nations estimates that at least 811 million people did not have enough to eat in 2020, according to a UN official

He describes the prevailing hunger situation in the world as a serious failure of the world’s food systems

In light of this situation, agriculture ministers and other relevant officials from UN member countries have assembled in Rome to deliberate on the issue before a summit to be held in September in New York aimed at bringing about improvement in the global food systems in the midst of rising hunger

Even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the UN conceded that the world would miss the target of removing global hunger and malnutrition by 2030

In view of the anticipated failure, the summit will discuss ways and means to ensure adequate food to all in the world

Policymakers, civil society members, farmers and researchers are attending the preparatory meeting in Rome

Activists are apprehensive that the UN would tilt in favour of agribusiness sidetracking sustainable farming and small farmers

This argument carries much weight as the shape of things to come is being witnessed in a neighbouring country

This largely agricultural country, allegedly at the prompting of international agribusiness interests, is trying, as farmer protesters claim, to impose corporate farming on cultivators

It is feared that the government’s move would not only make farmers subservient to agribusiness but it would further push up prices of food, making access to food for the working classes even more difficult

Farmers are opposing the move vigorously

Around one-third of the available food in the world is wasted while being handled at farms, in transportation, storage and at the kitchen level

It is at the kitchen level that most food goes to waste

People are deprived of food not so much due to shortage of it, but because they lack the purchasing power to buy food

Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2021

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Date:29-Jul-2021 Reference:View Original Link