Hidden Hunger pp 193-206 | Cite as

Ways Out of the Hunger Crisis?

  • Hans Konrad Biesalski


A British study Foresight. The Future of Food and Farming (2011) defines five key challenges for the next 40 years, three of which concern food: (1) Balancing future demand and supply sustainably—to ensure that food supplies are affordable. The goal is an adequate supply of affordable, nutritious and secure food for a growing world population. The demand for food is expected to increase by 40% by the year 2030 and by 70% by the year 2050. This is a significant challenge faced by politicians. (2) Ensuring that there is adequate stability in food supplies—and protecting the most vulnerable from the volatility that does occur. Non-economic factors, such as extreme weather occurrences and climate change, come into play here and are difficult to calculate. Political unrest within certain regions can also help to trigger price fluctuations on a local basis. Prices are easier to control and in this case it is up to politicians to use their influence to steer the commodities markets and to prevent the possible negative effects of trade restrictions. (3) Achieving global access to food and ending hunger. The developmental goal of cutting the number of undernourished persons in half by 2015 will not be achieved, barring a few exceptions, such as China. The situation is the same today as it was in 1990! Today, a billion people do not consume enough calories on a daily basis and another million people suffer from hidden hunger. Various factors, including prices and regional average income levels, contribute to causing hunger, as do other factors such as availability and non-economic aspects, for instance war, corruption within the government, and climate change.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1. Department of Biological Chemistry and NutritionUniversity of HohenheimStuttgartGermany

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