2008 is remembered primarily for the financial crisis which rocked the global market and sent many nations into turmoil, but that year also marked the emergence of an even more insidious and pervasive crisis onto the global stage. The food crisis made its presence known, beginning in 2005 and peaking in 2008, with an 80 percent increase in food prices, a rise not seen since the Soviet grain emergency of 1972-75. Although the crisis has disproportionately affected developing nations, it has been felt to some degree by individuals around the world as wealth and well-being have disappeared.

While we have felt the global food crisis in our wallets, people from around the world have felt the crisis in their stomachs; malnutrition causing mothers to forfeit the basic functions of life like breast feeding their child. Much like the financial crisis, it will take a great deal of coordination and innovation to formulate the necessary solutions when these are the consequences. Ultimately, this crisis concerns every individual on the planet as it continues to grow in size and severity. Though it is long and dark, there is a light at the end of this tunnel. One thing is certain; there is no room for indecision and ignorance. We will be forced to choose to deal with this solution or continue to accept the consequences of a solvable problem.

Reblogged from the Huffington Post, read the article in full here.

David is the co-founder of Hazia, an Agro-Coop business dedicated to increasing and securing the yields of small-scale farmers for sale in the domestic market. David has a background in Modern Political Thought and Public Policy after studying at the University of Ottawa for four years where he received his Hon. B.Soc.Sci in Political Science. He is currently a Master’s Candidate in International Business at Hult International Business School in Boston, Mass.

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