The Food and Agriculture Organization statistics show that the number of people that go hungry in the world has increased by 77 million people since 2007. The factors blamed for this increase include the global rise in prices for fuel, which directly led to a significant spike in food prices around the world.
Larger Price Increases in 2010
Most of the price increases occurred throughout 2010, with a proportional increase in malnutrition and hunger the same year. While many middle-income families are feeling the pinch at the grocery store, many families of lower income are actually being forced to go without.
Children International reports that in most cases the parents of these families are working longer hours, but still can’t earn enough income to support the higher food prices. The result is that some meals are skipped entirely, or some meals are lacking in nutrition.
Kathryn Osborn, the Health Program Officer at Children International, made the following statement to the media:
“The families and children we serve are already living on the edge financially – earning an average of $1 a day. Many of our families tell us when food prices rose this year, they couldn’t cope with stretching their meager earnings any further and have come to us for help.”
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of charity organizations like Children International, the number of children suffering from malnutrition continues to increase. Children International experienced a significant increase of 12.5 percent of malnutritioned children entering into the organizations “nutrition rehabilitation program.” 93% of those cases were moderate to severe.
World Organizations Struggle to Help
Children International seeks to help ease the malnutrition of children around the world by providing emergency food vouchers for families for up to three months of nutritional assistance to help families avoid starvation while seeking out better income sources. CI vouchers are typically offered to families that experience a sudden change of status that could lead to malnutrition, such as job loss or the death of a parent.
Many organizations like CI also work with schools around the world to help provide kids with at least one highly-nutritious meal every day. This effort may not be enough to provide the three meals a day for optimum health, but it at least prevents starvation and severe malnutrition.
CI assists over 330,000 children and families across the world, and there are many other similar organizations around the world that are working to prevent the tragedy of starvation for children and families across the world.
However, as global economies continue to slump, as prices increase and income drops, the problem of hunger and malnutrition is approaching a level far beyond what these charitable organizations can handle.
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