India produces enough food to feed all 1.3 billion people, yet more than 10% of the population goes hungry each day. according to the report, 4500 children below 5 years died from malnutrition and hunger. These are terrifying numbers, we need to take action now, it’s like an emergency situation Aapke Saath Foundation Team requests you all to support these vulnerable people.
Poverty and hunger exist in a vicious cycle. Families trapped in the cycle of poverty usually can’t afford nutritious food, leading to undernourishment. In turn, undernourishment makes it difficult for people to earn more money so that they can afford healthy food. Families living in poverty might also sell off their livestock or tools to supplement their income. This buys short-term relief but perpetuates a longer-term pattern of hunger and poverty that is often passed down from parents to children.
Across India many regions like rural Bihar and rural Uttar Pradesh. Farming families in villages experience periods before harvests when food supplies from the previous harvest are exhausted, but the chance to replenish supplies is still some time off. This leaves the family forced to skip one (or more) meals each day in the period before the next harvest. usually, parents skip their meals to feed their children.
Due to the change in climate, many farming families lost their hope of feeding their children due to floods and drought. India’s poverty rate may rise by 3.5 percent in 2040 due to climate change, the report said.
Hunger isn’t simply a lack of access to food: It’s a lack of access to the right nutrients. In order to thrive, humans need a range of foods providing a variety of essential health benefits. Families living in poverty often rely on just one or two staple foods (like rice or wheat), which means they’re not getting enough critical macronutrients and vitamins, and may still suffer the effects of hunger.
A lack of nutrition is especially important for pregnant and breastfeeding women and young children: Nutrition support during pregnancy and up to the age of five can help protect children for their entire lives. Proper nutrition reduces the likelihood of disease, poor health, and cognitive impairment.
Systemic problems, like poor infrastructure or low investment in agriculture, often prevent food and water from reaching the populations that need them the most.
According to the World Food Programme, one-third of all food produced — over 1.3 billion tons of it — is never consumed. What’s more, producing this wasted food also uses other natural resources that, when threatened, have a ripple effect in the countries that are already hit hardest by hunger, poverty, and climate change. Producing this wasted food requires an amount of water equal to the annual flow of Russia’s Volga River — and adds 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
Hunger can be a cause of forced migration, but forced migration can also be a cause of hunger. Many refugees living abroad live in neighboring countries with limited resources, to begin with.
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