Hunger is the most urgent and widely experienced problem that affects the global population. It is an issue that touches a wide range of different lives, from economically disadvantaged individuals in otherwise wealthy western countries to large swathes of people unsettled by conflict and environmental change.
Whilst world hunger is a problem that is remarkably stubborn and resistant to change, we are now moving in the right direction. Recent solutions designed to enable society to end world hunger are proving to be effective. For example, the simple act of choosing to give to Unicef is proving to have massive benefits for children in places like Syria. We are now adopting measures that can be used to hasten the reduction of world hunger. For those who want to participate in combating widespread starvation, here are some of the most effective ways to do so.
1. Participate in Local Efforts
Because hunger is often represented as something that only happens in undeveloped societies and developing nations, many people make the mistake of assuming that hunger is absent from their own neighborhoods and towns. The truth is that chronically hungry people constitute large proportions of every society. Hunger is a massive problem even in western countries.
Local anti hunger efforts are some of the easiest to participate in. Consider donating to a food pantry, or volunteering time to work in a soup kitchen. For those with a green thumb, working in a community garden is a great way to ensure that everyone in the community has access to fresh and healthy produce.
2. Help Establish Native Economies
Long term research has established that the most effective way of addressing chronic hunger is to allow economically disadvantaged families to make enough money to purchase the goods that they have personally identified as necessary. The best way to do this is to bolster the local economy, as this is largely what will allow individuals to find sufficiently well paying employment.
Contribute to local economies by purchasing goods made by small businesses instead of large corporations. Many charities also help establish relationships between donors and families looking to start businesses, allowing individuals to subsidize the creation of family industries. With time, these businesses will allow disadvantaged individuals to fulfill their needs without aid, which helps end hunger in the long term.
3. Become an Advocate for Change
An important way to help reduce hunger on a large scale is to both challenge policies that make it difficult for needy families to gain access to healthy food, and to support legislation that makes access to proper nutrition easier. Consider joining protest groups or union efforts that target policies that are harmful to needy families. When voting, put time into researching the stances that your local politicians take on food and welfare availability laws, and cast your vote accordingly. Join organizations that are dedicated to helping end world hunger. Sign petitions that apply to your cause. Get involved in making the difference. As Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
Seeing an end to worldwide hunger requires the cooperation of many and the sacrifice of some. With the application of effort in the right areas, sufficient desire and a willingness to work hard, hunger is a malady that can, and will, be cured.