Solving World Hunger Essay

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Our Earth gives us many life-giving components such as air, water, heat, and nourishment. With the earth having about 510,072,00 km of surface area[1], you’d think that it’d have more than enough resources to supply all the people that live on it. Most of us aren’t lacking heat, and we definitely are not lacking any air, but the sad fact is, is that a lot of people in the world today do not have access to food or safe water. It’s not that we are incapable of producing enough food for the population, it’s just that there is an uneven distribution of this food. The richest 20% of people in the world consume nearly half the meat and fish in the world, but the poorest 20% consume just 5%[2]. This is because of several factors that affect the…show more content…
According to the Christian Children's Fund, it costs only 82 cents to give a person basic nourishment for the day. That’s less than the cost of a can of soda. Being constantly malnourished, their immune systems eventually begin to break down and they become weaker and often sick. This makes them increasingly less able to work, which then makes them even poorer and hungrier. This downward spiral often continues until death for them and their families. Poverty isn’t just caused by just one thing, there are many interrelated factors that contribute to poverty. One is education. Lack of education keeps people from obtaining jobs that would help take them and their families out of poverty. Children are often held back from their education because they have to stay at home and support their families by working. Another factor is health. Poor health decreases the amount of work-impoverished individuals can do, lowering their income and driving them deeper into poverty. If a certain keystone member of a family dies, such as the husband or father, the rest of the family will have to work much harder to make up for the loss in income. Economics also contribute to poverty. The poor often have very limited economic choices – they are often prevented from receiving loans and other financial benefits. This makes it hard for them to establish businesses, increase their income, and break out of poverty. Lots of countries in Africa are in debt to their lenders and can’t
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