Famine From A Socioeconomic Theoretical Lens

2018 Words Nov 11th, 2014 9 Pages
According to Kutzner, author of world hunger, there is enough food to feed everyone in the world. With much of the world 's agriculture being produced out of developing countries, (Kutzner), the root causes of starvation is within the economic and political factors keeping countries in poverty. Although natural catastrophes and environmental problems for food production have contributed to the food security issue in third world countries such as Ethiopia and Malawi, the Famine crisis in these countries is man-made, and is ultimately the result of issues including government policies on food markets and exports. In analyzing the root causes of food insecurity in the two developing countries Ethiopia and Malawi, I will be focusing on man-made famine from a socioeconomic theoretical lens, focusing on factors such as population, employment, and poverty. I have come to the hypothesis that famine in these two countries is made-made due to the policies that keep these countries from modernizing. I predict that due to the current economic conditions, the issue will not be resolved any time soon.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines food security as existing "when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life" (who.com). The basic elements of food security includes having a large enough food supply to meet nutritional needs, as well as having the access to attain this food (Kutzner). In a wider perspective,…
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