In 1948,the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) recognized the “right to adequate food“ as a part of the right to a decent standard of living.
However, in 2015, it’s no secret that everyone around the world does not have access to enough food. Some would even say that even though some people have access to food, it’s not necessarily the right kinds of food, either.
This summer the Food and Agriculture Organization released the 2015 State of Food Insecurity in the World report. This report comes out every year and summarized the global situation when it comes to hunger and food security. It’s basically a report card on world hunger for the planet.
The numbers are out
Today, according to the report about 800 million people around the world are food insecure. That’s better than before; overall the percentage of those who are hungry is declining.
Yet, while the report points out how many of the developing countries have reached targets to reduce hungers, those countries also have stable political conditions and economic growth and policies and programs targeted to vulnerable population groups.
What does that mean?
It means that peace is important. The report uses the words “political stability” a lot, which I refer to as peace. It’s pointed out how food insecurity can both cause political problems and be a result of political unrest. For example, removing food subsidies can lead to increased food prices, which can cause civil unrest (which the report says happened in the Arab Spring in 2011 when government reduced subsides for bread).
Food = happiness. Peace = happiness. There is enough food on the planet to feed all of us to today, yet to truly reach 0 hunger we also need to stop violence and political unrest.