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Are We Living in a Real Life 'Hunger Games'?

15/07/2014 11:19 BST | Updated 13/09/2014 10:59 BST

Global food crisis has been becoming a problem not only in developing countries, but also in first world countries, such as several nations in Europe. In fact, according to an article in The Daily Mail, food insecurity in Europe has increased at an alarming rate that the need for Red Cross food parcels in countries in the European Union was at its highest in 2013 since World War II.

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While there are some members of Europe's population who seem to be enjoying a financially sustainable lifestyle, how can authorities help those growing number of food insecure people? Are the efforts put forth to curb the global food crisis enough to solve the enormous problem?

Joint EU Plan

European countries that can't seem to recover from a severe global crisis, specifically European Union countries are encouraged to implement a specific joint EU Nutrition Action Plan with a funding organization, like the World Vision.

This joint plan should help EU countries get external funding for survival food kits for the benefit of deprived members of the population. Through the implementation of this plan, even population members in the region located in the most remote areas would be able to gain access to the supply of nutritious food their body needs to function healthily.

Weigh the impacts of governmental funding

The EU government needs to weigh and analyze the impact of its governmental funding for agriculture and food security against the improved nutrition benefits for children and women.

Children and women are the members of the population who are most vulnerable to diseases resulting from malnutrition or lack of food. Children have young sensitive immune systems, while women are at risk of having maternal malnutrition diseases as the food crisis progresses.

Cost-effective solutions for undernutrition

The scaling-up nutrition movement should provide the needed food kits for the members of the population experiencing hunger on a daily basis. Taxes people pay should be spent on the establishment of discount stores and charity organizations that can provide support to millions of people deprived of the appropriate intake of food.

Honest remittance of taxes for appropriate governmental spending ensures that people get the help they desperately need fairly without any distortions.

Give priority to farmers

All farmers make large contributions to the production of food and agricultural products in the society. They may be regarded as insignificant, but honestly speaking, they contribute largely to the reduction of global food crisis.

It is encouraged to recognize the legalization of the benefits of farmers to motivate them to work hard. Giving them the much-needed recognition makes them feel valued and important.

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Resilience counts

EU actions, funding and multi-sector, as well as stakeholders, should exhibit close coordination. Food shortage in EU would always need closely organized planning to maximize subsequent benefits.

Plans for the distribution of food, for instance, are easier to implement as long as communication lines remain open within the stakeholders. Any delay of communication dispatch detrimentally affects how the main goals are carried out.

New technology is the key

State-of-the-art technology is the key to modernized farming. Most of the problems concerning food crisis revolves around the lack of farming equipment producing optimal and substantial food supply.

Modern technology may be used at a lowest or reasonable cost, if it is being utilized efficiently. A life-threatening disaster may be avoided if substantial amount of food supply is available.

Usefulness of trade

The optimal trades of food products enable people suffering from food shortage get adequate food supply through the aid of foreign countries. Sometimes, international charity organizations, such as the United Nations, also pitch in to give food supply support.

Developing positive and diplomatic relationships with other countries is the key to receiving help whenever it is needed. Having back-up support is one of the primary things needed when a global food crisis strikes.

Waste less

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The decrease in throwing away food leftovers can ultimately give more resources for food supply. Not being picky by eating good leftover food is better than having an empty stomach.

Government agencies are encouraged to organize a campaign against wasting food. Garnering the participation of several members of the population helps promote the campaign's purpose.

Give credit to natural food sources

To increase sources of food supply, it's about time people rely more on natural food sources, such as tree-bearing fruits. It is best not to discount the usefulness of these fruits and farm-grown crops and vegetables, even though they take some time to grow on trees and farms.

Limiting food sources to the artificial ingredients limit food supply. Additionally, such limitation restricts the amount of adequate nutrition the body of an average person needs.

Farms increase

Increasing the number of farms, even small ones, helps in maximizing the availability of adequate food supply, at a reasonable cost. People would not have to spend a lot of money purchasing food products with artificial ingredients manufactured from factories, as more farms supply adequate food.

As food supply costs lower, impoverished people in several parts of the region are able to get adequate food in their body system. With this said, adequate food supply becomes available to almost every member of the population.

Never has the growing concern on the detrimental effects of the global food crisis been so rampant as today. This is due in most part from the increasing numbers of death cases arising out of inadequate supply of food. Global food crisis occurs mostly because of extensive poverty many members of the population are experiencing. Government agencies and authorities need to pay close attention to this overwhelming problem before more lives are lost.

The cooperation of the population members, who are financially well-off, contributes in the resolution of the global food crisis. Wealthier populations should take the initiative to make donations to charities to save the many lives of people suffering from severe hunger. Generosity is the key in making this world a better place to live in, both for the unfortunate and those who have been better blessed. People who are financially well off should have the heart to do their part in creating a hunger-free world.