Unsurprisingly, about 98 percent of hungry people live in developing countries and unless something is done, the food crisis will likely get worse. Over the next 12 years, the United Nations projects the global population will hit 8 billion people. There are hundreds of theories on how we can end world hunger, and while some have worked, others have not. However, one thing that is certain is our responsibility to do something. Here are seven solutions for world hunger:
1. Food Donations
One of the simplest ways to combat world hunger is to initiate more food collection drives. A can of food may seem like a small step, but even a small step can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
2. Urban Farming
Agricultural researchers believe that building rooftop/indoor farms in the middle of cities could help solve the world’s hunger problem. Experts say that vertical farming could feed up to 10 billion people and make agriculture independent of the weather and need for land.
3. Sustainable Farming
Much like urban farming, sustainable agriculture integrates three main goals — environmental health, economic profitability and social and economic equity. The sustainability is based on the principle that farmers must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
4. Government Intervention
Another way to fight global hunger is to encourage foreign nations to be more focused on government intervention programs like those that provide food to mothers and children in poor areas.
5. Birth Control Education
Because many people are not educated on reproduction or do not have access to contraceptives, high birthrates pose a problem. Gaining access to contraceptives allows for family planning, economic freedom and reduces world hunger.
6. Access To Credit
If companies do not have credit, they cannot start up industries that help combat global poverty. In the past few years, more people in poor countries have gained access to credit. Most of these credit loans are repaid, and they have created many industries, like farms, that help create a sustainable provision for people and also develop nations economically.
7. Access To Education
A better education system is the answer to most of the world’s problems. In the context of world hunger, education can provide better opportunities and more access to income and food. Additionally, some countries have food-for-education programs where students are given free food for coming to school.