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Madan 1 Nikita Madan Fazzino Writing 2-08 February 28th, 2014 Stop Hunger Now Have you ever imagined not being able to eat for a long period of time? And I don’t mean skipping one meal because you woke up at noon and missed breakfast. Can you imagine not having a single bite of food for a week or even longer? I don’t know about you, but I can’t even fathom the thought of not eating for a single day, yet alone a week. People of all ages have been suffering from famine for quite a while now, and it has been a problem that still has no solution. The statistic, given in the article “ Food, Hunger and Insecurity," states that “Twenty- nine countries have levels of hunger that are alarming or extremely alarming. South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are worst off” ( Powledge 260). Hunger has been present in many developing countries, but it is most prevalent in Africa and South Asia. According to the article Foreign Aid and World hunger, “Almost a quarter of the world's hungry inhabitants live in sub-Saharan Africa , where one in three persons is chronically undernourished” (Foreign 3). This life-threatening issue has been occurring for many years because food is something that is necessary to live, but is sometimes difficult to obtain. Something needs to be done about this situation for the sake of the human population. With the issues regarding poverty, lack of knowledge and technology, and war, hunger has stricken Africa and it is the responsibility of the United States to help these people in need.
Madan 2 Poverty is one of the leading causes of hunger in Africa at the result of its state of debt, The faltering quality of African agricultural research institutions, and the decline in government spending on agriculture, is a result of the budget austerity imposed by international financial institutions, such as the World Bank. (Ending World Hunger 18). Because these African nations are indebted to other countries, they are forced to come up with government reforms in order to attempt to pay back their loans. These government reforms included an increase in food price and a decrease in wages as shown in the news article “Why Africans Go Hungry,” “Over the last 20 years, poor African nations have borrowed billions of dollars to buy food and fund development projects. Now they’re having trouble paying it back. Many governments have imposed austerity programs that have cut back on worker’s wages, agricultural development programs, and social welfare, and raised the price of food and consumer goods” (Why 12). With the combination of a smaller income and the increased food prices, it has become difficult for the impoverished to be able to afford to purchase food, showing that this is one of the main reasons why hunger exists in Africa, as well as other impoverished nations. “It is the lack of money or other resources to purchase food which results in hunger, both chronic and hidden,” (Oniango’o 22). While it is a good thing

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