Asia and the Pacific: Hunger and Poverty
For my research paper, I looked at one of the poorest regions in the world, Asia and the Pacific. I have learned a lot throughout the semester in World Food Issues and I wanted to research one region and look at the many topics we covered in class. The forces of poverty and hunger affect the people in Asia and the Pacific far greater than most people have considered. The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that there are 842 million hungry people in the world and 98 percent of them live in developing countries. Furthermore, Asia and the Pacific is the most hunger stricken region. This region accounts for 533 million hungry people. When a region’s economy grows, families can better afford to feed themselves. International organizations support eliminating world hunger in Asia and the Pacific with their goals of food relief, sponsored economic growth, and sustainable agriculture methods (Who 2014). Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) existed during the Cold War. This organization focused on the countries of Asia and the Pacific region, such as the Philippines in 1949, Korea in 1951, and Vietnam in 1966. CARE began sending relief packages and then expanded into providing health care and developmental support. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and The United Nations General Assembly were also organizations to address world hunger. In 1963, the organizations developed the World Food Program (WFP), providing food to impoverished countries. The WFP grants people access to ample food and a clean water supply. According to the WFP, “The program has fed more than 1.4 billion people.” FAO has documented statistics from 1969-1971, data suggests that 878 million people went hungry. More than 40 years later, 800 million people still remain malnourished. The main reason the numbers have remained constant is due to economic and financial crisis (Humanitarian 2011; When 2011;...
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