Hunger Crisis

Introduction

India is the oldest agricultural nation where every fourth farmer from the world belongs to India. Now our country has led to a hunger crisis and it is the largest population, that faces food shortage. Where every fourth Indian driven to hunger and every second child in India is suffering from malnutrition.

Hunger Crises
Hunger Crises, Source: Money Control

According to surveys, India has seen a rise in the poverty rate by 0.6%, which is a matter of great concern. Millions of families’ children have come under the poverty line. Because pandemic has left them with no source of income.
A few weeks ago, the number of deaths surpassing 200,000. The major reason behind this is rising poverty and lack of access to food. And it has resulted in a devastating effect on millions of children. Children have no option left, they are also forced to find work.

In a current scenario of lockdown, poor children have to work to supplement the lost family incomes.
So, how will those 189 million poverty-driven populations survive? So, their future and income are getting lost amid in Covid-19.

Hunger and the Covid-19 Crisis

A person cannot survive without food, where189 million population is facing hunger crisis because of lack of food. No doubt, strict lockdown measures are beneficial for the whole nation but what about those families and children who go and spend a whole day to earn some money, only to feed themselves and their families.
The pandemic has forced in declining the progress that India has achieved in reducing poverty, the poorest and the children have been suffering the most. As the pandemic continues to pose a serious disruption and the hope of survival of the poor people is now fast disappearing.

One-third of the food produced in the world every year gets lost or wasted, because of an inefficient supply chain management system, that’s why it’s not able to reach the consumer market.

Statistics showed that our country wastes 40% of the fruits and vegetables and 30% of the cereals. Our country produces enough food that it could feed millions of hungry people, but the hard fact is not able to reach the market.
To reduce the wastage of food, make the supply chain so effective that it could reach directly to the people. And there will be the timely distribution of rasans by making the food supply chain so efficient so that it would be available to them. But this doesn’t happen at the most required time as a consequence 189 million people are still starving.
So, what all we can do to at least reduce the hunger crisis to some extent.

Conclusion

We need to follow various Food Banking Networks which are leading national hunger relief organizations in India. These organizations coordinate in various cities to provide grains, groceries, and packaged products to feed these vulnerable families.


Corporates, which are not-for-profit organizations and individuals who believe in their role in eliminating hunger in India, must join hands to feed the needy. And by following such food bank networks one can generate a network of their own on a small scale as well so that one can provide food and water and even rasans to these poverty-driven people.

In the last year 2020 as well as this year, many people came together to feed the hungry and starving people.
Being the privileged ones from the society and as responsible citizens of our country. We should generate employment opportunities for these people who are in need. So, that they can arrange proper meals for themselves and their families.

Feeding India-Initiative by Zomato

So, it’s high time to feed the unprivileged and starving people of our country. We can do this by joining hands with the Feeding India network.

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