The Geopolitics of Hunger, 2000-2001: Hunger and Power

The Geopolitics of Hunger, 2000-2001: Hunger and Power

The Geopolitics of Hunger, 2000-2001: Hunger and Power

The Geopolitics of Hunger, 2000-2001: Hunger and Power

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Founded in France some twenty years ago with the aim of combating hunger and advocating the legal right to food (as stated in the United Nations Charter of 1945), Action Against Hunger is now firmly established in Paris, Spain (Madrid), the United Kingdom (London), and the United States (New York). As the twenty-first century begins, hunger is still a reality in many parts of the world.

It is indeed a sad state of affairs that we are entering a new century of technology and globalization, a century of the Internet and information, while such deleterious human conditions persist.

The end of the Cold War took us all by surprise. In the last ten years we have failed to see the realization of the hopes raised at the beginning of the 1990s. Absent the balance of power or balance of terror, local and regional conflicts have multiplied, and the number of civilian victims is growing. Nevertheless, progress has been made.

We are no longer impotent witnesses to remote natural disasters in India, Bangladesh, or China. Droughts, hurricanes, El Niño, and earthquakes continue to claim their share of lives, but not as a result of hunger. “Green Revolutions” and disaster response mechanisms have proven their effectiveness. The speed of information sharing and increased global agricultural yields, coupled with the experience and skills of relief organizations, enable us to defeat hunger when a natural disaster occurs. In theory, death by starvation due to natural disasters should not occur. Hunger can no longer be seen merely as the result of natural occurrences.

And yet, Action Against Hunger continues to see widespread hunger even as the world produces more than enough food for all.

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