At this very moment, over 870 million people are starving all around the world. According to the Oxford Dictionary, “hunger” is classified as “the uneasy or painful sensation caused by want of food; craving appetite. Also the exhausted condition caused by want of food”. When referring to global hunger, however, the definition is an absolute understatement regarding how the issue of hunger affects the earth at a global level. The underlying issue with global hunger is malnutrition, causing affected individuals to not receive enough vitamins and nutrients in order to function, which is taxing on both their overall well-being, as well as their life. While malnutrition affects individuals who do have access to food, the largest malnourished populations are those who have access to no food. Here’s a list of five countries in the world that are literally and figuratively starving to death, and why:
65.4 % of the Eritrean population is starving, and while the country’s economy has improved over the years, the positive effect hasn’t quite reached the citizens, especially in the context of having enough to eat.
Another factor in Eritrea’s hunger is its war with Ethiopia, where between 1998-2000, roughly one million Eritreans were displaced, leaving the country with few skilled agricultural workers. Additionally, potential land that could be used to grow crops is unused due to the land mines that are present, contaminating the land.