5 SIMPLE STEPS TO ENDING WORLD HUNGER
There are three main objectives for this article
to raise awareness about needless global hunger
to show how to create food and food security
to encourage self reliance and self sustainability
At the bottom of the article you will find a list of world hunger organisations and charities whose goal is to bring world hunger relief.
This article is about simple solutions, not statistics or world hunger facts
The Chinese proverb “Give a man a fish…etc” Is very true – millions of people live in starvation and abject poverty every day when there is absolutely no need. Learn for yourself, then go and teach where it is needed.
Ending world hunger: it’s not just about breaking the poverty trap and feeding people; it’s freeing up the potential of billions of otherwise lost & forgotten people who could contribute to society and the GDP.
There are many great hunger relief initiatives out there. The Hunger Project is one such great initiative, because it is not about giving out free bags of rice, it is about self reliance and self sustainability.
During famine, charities and NGO’s such as WHO & UNICEF deliver emergency aid. However, over 900 million people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger on a day to day basis. Most of these live in the developing world. Unlike temporary famine, chronic hunger is an invisible, silent killer that eats away at you body and soul every day.
“Not every poor person is hungry, but almost all hungry people are poor”
The price of food, chronic hunger and poverty are all inextricably linked. Millions are stuck in the poverty / hunger trap because they cannot afford to buy enough nutritious food to feed their families. Low nutrition means poor health and low energy which leads to low education and poor employment prospects. It’s a never ending vicious cycle.
WORLDWIDE: A child dies from hunger every 15 seconds. WHO
Thousands of children are currently starving to death in Syria: WFP
The only way for people to move out of the poverty trap to escape from their vulnerability to fluctuating food prices is for them to employ sustainable lifestyle methods based on self-reliance.
There are 5 simple steps to ending world hunger at a local level
1) make compost from organic bio mass and non toxic soil
2) grow vegetables in compost from non GMO seed
3) allow 10% of plants to go to seed / harvest & save seeds
4) eat vegetables
5) replant seeds in compost
By allowing 5 to 10% of plants to go to seed, householders / farmers will ensure another crop can be planted. Excess leaves, stalks etc will add to the compost. By applying this method, an endless cycle of food is generated… free of cost!
Yes – I know that is over simplistic and other problems abound such as water shortage / urban environment / lack of knowledge / buying seeds / etc. But, what is the worst thing you can do? NOTHING!
Becoming self-sustainable in an urban environment is not impossible. It just needs a little more initiative and a hand-up to get started.
Did you know? A banana tree can give 50 kg of fruit in one bunch! A banana has about the same proteins and starch as a potato. How much space do you need to grow 50kg of potatoes? A banana tree is a great Going to a developing country? Plant a banana tree (or any fruit tree for that matter)
You can grow vegetables in 6” to 9” of soil in any kind of container; a box, a basket, a bag, a bottle, an old tyre, some stacked-up bricks or wood, plastic bottles hanging from a gutter – basically in ANYTHING that has not contained toxic chemicals! I emphasise good quality because you cannot grow healthy vegetables in dried up soil that is deplete of all mineral wealth or poisoned with industrial waste and fertilisers.
Please try out composting and raised bed gardening for yourself; millions of people are now trying this system out in the US and the UK. Try it and spread the word: GO TEACH – help to end world hunger.
But what if I fail?
Then try again … duh!
World Hunger Relief Organisations include
A List of Charitable Organizations (NGOs) that primarily target world hunger. Excluded are organizations that primarily focus on one city or one local area, as well as organizations that address a wider range of issues.
Action Against Hunger – ACF International is a global organization committed to ending world hunger.
Bread for the World – Urging our nation’s leaders to end hunger
Freedom from Hunger – Helping poor women in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to achieve a sustainable, self-help end to world hunger.
Food for the Hungry – a Christian organization serving the poor globally since 1971.
Food for the Poor – Founded in 1982, our interdenominational Christian ministry Serves the poorest in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.
Heifer Project International – to help poor and hungry people help themselves.
The Hunger Project –To end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies worldwide
Stop Hunger Now – distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world.
WhyHunger – connecting people to nutritious affordable food, and supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.
World Food Programme – the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger.
For help in evaluating world hunger organizations, see also:
Charity Navigator – America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
CharityWatch – a charity rating and evaluation service dedicated to helping donors make informed giving decisions.
Philanthropedia – finding the top non-profit organizations.