Dr Alice Pollard – a specialist in gender and development, and one of the Solomon Islands most prominent women leaders
In Australia, food prices have risen by between 40 and 100 percent over the last three years, creating real problems for individuals and families. But this is nothing compared to what has been happening in the worlds poorest countries, where more than 800 million people do not get enough to eat and suffer from malnutrition. Most of us are aware of the long-term effects of malnutrition: poor health, shorter life-spans and developmental problems for young children. The irony is that there is enough food in the world for everyone, if it were evenly distributed. So, does this mean that food is only for those who can afford it, or is it a basic human right?
One Just World March 2009
We all need food – but do we all get it? How do we feed the worlds 800 million hungry people? In Australia, rising food prices over the last three years have made shopping more expensive. In developing countries, unequal access to food is a life and death issue. More than 800 million people do not get enough regular, healthy food and up two billion people lack food security. There is enough food in the world for everyone if it were evenly distributed. But it isnt. What are the links between poverty, hunger, technology, how food is grown, education, climate, conflict, and inequality between men and women, girls and boys? Why doesnt everyone get enough to eat? What effects does it have on people and communities, and what can the world – and we in particular – do about it?One Just World is a national series of free forums focusing on global poverty and development topics of high public interest and relevance. Our aim is to help Australians become informed and involved in helping the 800 million people worldwide who are fighting to escape poverty.
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Dr Alice Pollard Part 2 – One Just World – March 2009