“Poorer countries in northern Africa, Asia and the Middle East that depend heavily on wheat imports risk suffering significant food insecurity because of the war in Ukraine, the UN food agency has warned.” [Source: aljazeera.com]
Even prior to the war in Ukraine, poorer countries in northern Africa, Asia and the Middle East were already suffering from significant food insecurity. The United Nations estimates that between 720 and 811 million people went hungry in 2020, for example.
The first step towards solving global hunger and malnutrition is therefore to recognize that current international aid strategies have failed. The large international aid agencies and charities themselves have to bear much of the blame for this, as also do their main corporate sponsors and many governments. Far from freeing the developing world, much of the money spent on aid has instead resulted in countries becoming permanently dependent on it. As a result, there is increasing recognition that current international aid strategies often amount to little more than a modern-day form of colonialism.
Our international ‘Movement of Life’ project takes a different approach. In our ‘Free Food for All’ campaign, for example, we teach people about the health-promoting properties of fruits and vegetables and help them set up school and community gardens, where they can grow micronutrient-rich fruit and vegetables to feed themselves, their families, and friends. Instead of expecting their futures to depend upon aid money from the big global institutions and international aid charities, we teach them how to become self-sufficient and look after themselves.
To learn more about the groundbreaking work of our international ‘Movement of Life’ project, visit its website.