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A teenager wears torn rubber boots in a muddy local market in Bac Ha, Viet Nam. As of 2005 figures, half the world population—more than 3 billion people–is estimated to live on less than USD 2.50 a day. Bac Ha, Viet Nam. UN Photo/Kibae Park.

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Can We Eradicate Hunger?

World hunger is prevalent yet receives relatively less attention compared to poverty. The MDGs have taken a step to address this with the resolution of halving the number of starving people in the world by 2015. A substantial and sustainable reduction in hunger will also greatly improve the chances of meeting the MDGs related to poverty reduction, education, child mortality, maternal health, and disease. Hunger though is not a straightforward problem of producing enough to feed the world’s population; it has many cross-cutting dimensions. This study addresses a combination of economic, social, and political perspectives, drawing upon academic research of the economic factors and the experiences of international organizations and civil society.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
UNU Policy Brief
Volume:
1/2008
Title:
Can We Eradicate Hunger?
Authors:
Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis
Publication date:
January 2008
ISSN Web:
1814-8026
ISBN 13 Print:
9789280830484
ISBN 13 Web:
9789280830491
Copyright holder:
© UNU
Copyright year:
2008
Keywords:
food security, hunger, MDGs, human rights, right to food, women
JEL:
Q18, I30, K33
Project:
Hunger and Food Security: New Challenges and New Opportunities
Sponsor:
The governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Norway (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency — Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development).
Format:
online and printed copies
 
Licensed under the Creative Commons Deed “Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5”

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