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What is the global food crisis?
The World Food Programme calls the global food crisis a phenomenon, a “silent tsunami,” that is affecting families in every nation on every continent. Food prices for popular menu items like rice, wheat and beans have doubled in the last year. Though increases in food prices have hit all budgets, it’s the poor who bear the brunt of price inflation. The higher prices are forcing people who survive on just $1 a day to spend upwards of 80 percent of their budgets just on food. As a result, many people, including millions of children, are going hungry. The longer food prices rise, the more people will be plunged into hunger and poverty.
Why is the global food crisis happening?
Food shortages have affected developing countries for generations. It’s a cyclical problem. But this global food crisis is more rapid, urgent and devastating. Since 2005, food prices have risen a whopping 80 percent. Why?
- rising fuel costs
- rising food demand from populous nations like India and China
- natural disasters destroying crop yields all over the world, including the United States
- growth of biofuels
How has the global food crisis affected Compassion families?
The global food crisis is forcing poor families to spend more of their household budgets on food, leaving little for anything else. In Bangladesh more than 90 percent of the 12,179 children we serve in 82 Compassion-assisted centers are affected. Many children are eating only at the church-based center. Compassion Haiti estimates it will need at least $2 million and up to $6 million to feed the 60,000 registered children and their families over the next few months.
What can I do to help fight the global food crisis?
Give to Compassion’s Global Food Crisis Fund. Your gift will help provide:
- food vouchers to children and families needing immediate relief.
- seeds and agricultural tools so that families can grow their own food as well as earn extra income.
- supplemental nutrition services offered at Compassion-assisted centers around the world.