While billions face starvation the topic hunger was not high on the agenda in the risk perception survey
nor does it seem to be anywhere else. Still, at least in the world of academia this seems to be changing.
The first ever conference dedicated to food security (one can ask himself why we only have this now after how many decades of hunger in the world?) was actually oversubscribed:
So it seems the topic is edging up on the agenda - which makes a lot of sense. People won't be able to think about long-term risks like climate change, natural disasters, renewable energy or how to save for a longer life if their main problem is how to survive today. Long-term perspectives only develop if we have can think long-term on a personal level. If you face hunger you are happy if you make it until tomorrow. So why worry about rising seas?
I know that it's all interconnected - if the economy is good then everybody has enough to eat etc. - but I think we have to start with the basics - so that people than have a future they can think about.
Food is a basic and tackling that in my point of view is a good start. Getting it higher on the international agenda is one step in that direction. We are late in it but at least finally something seems to happen. Let's hope it will accelerate even more.
Category: Food security