Feeding Hunger & Insecurity: New Publication Offers Blueprint for Grappling with Global Food Crisis
Action Against Hunger's latest publication, Feeding Hunger & Insecurity: Field Analysis of Volatile Global Commodity Food Prices, Food Security, & Childhood Malnutrition, offers an assessment of the global food crisis and its impact on vulnerable communities.
The report is based on a series of in-depth surveys that ACF carried out in the wake of the global food crisis, targeting households in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Central African Republic. While the inflated food prices did not have an immediate impact on malnutrition rates, the findings suggest a significant, persistent impact on livelihoods and dietary diversity, which are key determinants of malnutrition.
Produced by ACF’s policy research and advocacy department, Hunger Watch, this publication was undertaken after the rapid price increases of early 2008. These spiking food prices led to riots in over 30 countries, sparking international calls for action and repositioning world hunger and local agriculture as global priorities.
Feeding Hunger & Insecurity: Field Analysis of Volatile Global Commodity Food Prices, Food Security, & Childhood Malnutrition
Drawing on over thirty years of experience in combating food insecurity and malnutrition, Feeding Hunger & Insecurity outlines key recommendations for responding to this global food crisis. The report not only offers proven solutions for addressing the underlying causes of the crisis, but also provides estimates on how much these interventions might cost.
The Global Food Crisis: Comparing Food & Oil Prices
What Would it Cost to Prevent Acute Malnutrition?
Community-based management of malnutrition and child growth promotion programs protect children from acute malnutrition, while a number of tested arrangements could guarantee access to food and income during the hunger season. This minimum package costs between $40 and $70 billion—which is the cost of ending childhood deaths from hunger. Sound like a lot? Let's compare:
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Facts about Hunger
925 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition around the world.
Malnutrition affects 32.5% of children in developing countries.
1 out of every 6 infants are born with low birth weight due to undernutrition among pregnant women in developing countries.
1 out of every 3 people in developing countries are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Hunger is number one on the list of the world's top 10 health risks. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.