Food for thought: there is enough food

There is easily enough food in the world to feed everyone. But nearly one billion people (one in eight) remain chronically hungry today. Why?

Thirty years ago the Nobel Prize economist Amartya Sen showed that during the Bengal famine of 1943, food was being exported from India while millions of people were dying. That famine was not caused by food shortage, as many had thought, but because people did not have the money or power to get hold of food.

The same is true for the ongoing food crisis around the world today. In Africa the number of people suffering from malnutrition has gone up by 40 per cent, despite more food being produced per person. Crops are produced to export and pay off foreign debts. The food supply is increasingly controlled by multinationals chasing profit and the price of food is determined by not by the cost of production but speculation on financial markets.

Across the world people are fighting this inhuman system and demanding access to enough to eat and control of their food. And they are winning.


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