Hungry for Justice
Christianity Today's November cover story ["Hunger Isn't History"] thankfully included the most overlooked and unpopular aspect of world hunger: It could be avoided. We like to think we have done something by sending boatloads of food, but this approach will never solve the institutional problem; people need to be allowed to sustain agriculture in their own lands.
The crux of the problem is that the governments of the nations with the most starving people are not properly using the assets provided by more secure nations. Haiti, North Korea, and Zimbabwe are all examples of having poor or nonexistent agricultural investment for their own populations. What would happen if the world were to hold the leadership of hungry nations accountable for investing in food production infrastructure and post-harvest storage? Were we to give investment aid to those in need—but only in financial-package increments for meeting sustainable benchmarks—we might see some examples ...1