Hunger is quite prevalent in hotspots of human conflict. This implies that there is a significant correlation between hunger and conflict. It basically becomes difficult for inhabitants of these regions to settle down for agricultural activities when their infrastructure is crumbling and their homes destroyed, forcing them to live as refugees. In most cases, people lose their jobs or their businesses, thereby depriving them of their only means of survival. The impact of war and conflict on food production remains the most important cause of hunger in the world. This paper proposes a strategy that the world can adopt to eradicate poverty and hunger in the world. It also clarifies why the strategy is likely to succeed where other have failed (Miriam, page 23).
It goes without saying that a significant portion of food supplies in these hotspots are often used to feed soldiers as they participate in the war. In addition, their military activities do not just interrupt normal crop cycles, but also causes people to consume their seeds as well as livestock in desperation. This happens even as children suffer grave damages to their health due to insufficient supply of food (Janet, page 10). It is also worth noting that wars cause states to spend a lot of money of weaponry, leaving them with little money to invest in food sustainability. This trend calls for urgent measures to be taken to protect the world from hunger. According to statistics, Africa is the most affected by wars, especially tribal conflicts. In most cases, people are caught up in a vicious struggle for scarce natural resources like water points and agricultural lands. However, South Asia still holds the record of widespread poverty and hunger that affects their young population. Indeed, hunger is an urgent matter just like diseases are. It should not be forgotten that a significant number of people die annually because of hunger or hunger-related medical conditions. This means that it cannot be ignored in this era (John, page 4).
Three-Step Strategy to Combat World Hunger
This paper presents a three-step strategy that can be used to combat hunger in these regions. It includes women empowerment, public education and government intervention.
It is worth noting that woman empowerment is a significant step towards preventing occurrence of hunger in war-torn areas given that women do not participate in war. Thus, as men go to war with their weapons, women can find safe havens where they can engage in agricultural activities. In order to succeed in this, a section of the soldiers can provide them with security so that they are not harmed by their enemies. Indeed, this will enable them to generate enough food for their children as well as the soldiers at war.
The next step in this strategy is public education about social tolerance (John and Jack, page 34). People should be made to understand that you don’t have to love everyone around you and that they can just coexist well by tolerating one another. This will bring a stop to cases of war as people will adopt dialogue and diplomacy as a way of solving their differences.
The last step in this strategy will be government intervention. The government can intervene through the justice system to provide functional avenues through which people can solve their issues. However, the international community through the United Nations Security Council can intervene in case the conflicts pit a country against another (Javier, page 43).
In conclusion, this strategy is likely to succeed because it gives a holistic approach to hunger. Besides giving people the skills they need to generate food for themselves, it also ensures that people live in a peaceful environment where they can engage in meaningful agricultural activities. This can certainly solve most cases of hunger in the world.