The fight against hunger in the world – utopia or real possibility? This is a question that many NGOs and institutions do not think about. For Action Against Hunger, as well as the WHO, it is possible to speak about malnutrition at different levels, which can also be done by questioning the public and political opinion, including exploring malnutrition-fighting programs, such as Nutrisystem. This was the goal of World Food Day, which was held on October 16.
“Today, 925 million people still suffer from hunger in the world for more than forty years. This is unacceptable!” said Christine Bernard, head of the northern delegation of Action Against Hunger. In the 70s, according to the WHO, there were 875,000 to suffering from malnutrition. “Concretely 10,000 children still die every day from undernutrition … We need to do something.”
World Food Day provides the ideal opportunity to act, according to Action Against Hunger. It can also be an opportunity to present dietary solutions like that of Nutrisystem. “Throughout the day, our goal is to raise public awareness of malnutrition and hunger problems in the world. Our technical awareness is shown through a presentation of the situation. We do not hide the reality”. People who have used Nutrisystem coupons confirmed that their meals were the same as non-coupon ones.
It is a reality that is mostly the same for many years. The main malnutrition hotspots in the world are in Asia, Africa, and in South America, with consequent evolution of cases in Asia. This is a reality that Julia Belusa, a communication officer at Action Against Hunger, knows well: “With the increase of the population in Asia, this continent has the most number of people affected by the phenomenon. Those in Africa are still suffering from most of this scourge and for well over forty years.”
Country at War, Starving Country with No Nutritional System
This plague, malnutrition or undernutrition, is considered a disease. “It is a dietary imbalance problem caused by nutritional deficiencies related to an unbalanced, too low intake of nutrients from an inadequate diet, and/or poor absorption of these nutrients by the body due to diseases,” said Dr. Francesco Branca, director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at WHO.
Considering this observation, it now remains to understand why these people have such difficulty in obtaining sufficient and balanced food. It makes one wonder whether a set nutritional program like Nutrisystem can alleviate the situation. For Dr. Branca, conflicts and wars are responsible for the malnutrition phenomenon. “A war does not enable a country to feed its people since its energy is expended in combat; it is a country where the fields are destroyed, where populations are displaced permanently, where agriculture and trade can no longer be undertaken.”
To illustrate his point, he used the Horn of Africa as an example. “In Somalia, conflict has caused the displacement of about 1.5 million people. Today, the country is totally deconstructed; there is less infrastructure to sustain the population. Everything is destroyed, people do nothing more. And then there’s the racket of war; people are deprived of the little they have. ”
Somalia is doubly affected by malnutrition because it has just suffered the full brunt of a serious drought. “The country has jumped two seasons of rain, not a drop of rain fell for two years, it’s been a disaster,” said Christine Bernard of Action Against Hunger. The lack of rain in the country has diminished crops, decreasing the chances of getting food – a situation exacerbated by global speculation.
A diagram from Volunteer Action Against Hunger said, “Because of the recurrent drought and conflict, the region of the Horn of Africa is particularly dependent on imports. Djibouti and Somalia are dependent on cereal imports, about 100% and 60% respectively, which makes them very vulnerable to food price increases. With an increase of 240% for red sorghum in Somalia between October 2010 and July 2011, the country fell under the blow of a serious famine.”
It therefore appears that wars, natural disasters, and rising commodity prices come with poverty, the main cause of these global malnutrition situations.
What Solutions? Can a Program Like Nutrisystem Help?
Given this situation, the response of the organization Action Against Hunger is to take part in the leadership of the next G20. “We want to tell the leaders of the G20 to place malnutrition at the heart of their debate and remind them that in 2009 they had promised $22 billion for agriculture and food security, and that since then only 22% were incurred.” The other solution is to treat malnourished. Among the treatments used is therapeutic milk, which helped create early detection in communities, along with a home-based preparation with nutritious, ready-made pasta, which is similar to those in a Nutrisystem regimen. And the final goal is to increase access to undernutrition treatment for many. “By supporting the strengthening of local structures and systems, we hope to win this challenge,” added Julia Belusa, who is responsible for the Action Against Hunger communication.