Hunger is a profoundly complex issue. Geography, economics, politics, socioeconomic status, and many more factors play a role. Poverty is often an underlying cause, along with natural disasters, conflict, poor agricultural infrastructure, or lack of access to the marketplace. Recent economic crises and volatile food prices also place people at an increased risk of hunger.
Worldwide, and in most countries, there is enough food for everyone. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reports that the world’s farmers produce around 2,800 calories per person per day. The global system of growing, distributing, and selling food is not serving us well. Overconsumption and waste by some, write-off and loss of economic value associated with food waste, and insufficient purchasing power and access to food for others, are primary contributors to food insecurity. The challenge is not simply to increase food production; it is also to address our inadequate and poorly distributed global supply of food.
Source: The Global FoodBanking Network