Not Everyone Gets To Eat Like We Do

For most Australians, good food is readily available, relatively cheap and easy to access. However, there are millions in the world who can’t afford food, or what they do eat is so inadequate that they are malnourished and vulnerable to disease or starvation.

Over one billion people – 50 times the population of Australia – go hungry every day, and double that are susceptible to periods without food.

Currently, in the Horn of Africa 12.5 million people are starving and experts predict that famine could affect up to 50 million over the next four years.

Why is this? Poverty, land ownership, environmental issues and market exploitation are some of the reasons behind these problems. Gender inequality remains widespread with over 60% of those in poverty being women and girls, and unequal access to resources affects the critical role women can play in ensuring household food security.

So what can Australians can do to address the situation that sees half the world as malnourished and the other half as obese?

What is a human being’s right to food? And how can we conquer this ongoing food crisis?
 

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  • Venue Winthrop Hall, University of Western Australia,
  • Date & time 24/02/2012 6:00:00 PM

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