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Hunger

  • By: Andy Walter
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

More than 60 yrs. (years) after the human right to adequate food was formally declared by the United Nations (UN), hunger remains a characteristic feature of many people in the capitalist world system. Hundreds of millions of people, from Chicago to Mumbai and from Russia to Malawi, are unable to reliably access and consume an adequate diet. This condition exists, strikingly, in a world where food production and trade have easily outpaced population growth for decades. For example, in 2006, agricultural output (not all of it food) was nearly 40% higher than in 1990, a period during which the world's population increased by around 25%. The number of hungry people in the world grew during that same period, and while hunger declined in relative terms ...

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