Almost a billion of us go to bed hungry every night. Not because there isn’t enough food for everyone, but because of the deep injustice in the way food is produced and accessed.
Increasing corporate power in food production, the climate crisis and unfair access to natural resources impact on people’s ability to grow and buy food. They are particularly harmful for women, who work in agriculture more than any other sector and produce much of the world’s food.
Hunger in a world of plenty
The food sector reflects the rampant economic and gender inequality that we see in the global economy as a whole. At one end, the people who produce our food, and more so women, often face the greatest levels of hunger, get paid less than men and work under degrading conditions. At the other end, big supermarkets and other corporate food giants control global food markets and reap the profits.
Increasing hunger is driven by the worsening climate crisis. It’s harder to grow food in the face of supercharged storms, more intense droughts, and rising sea levels. Climate change disproportionately affects people in vulnerable situations and threatens their rights.
Climate change also exacerbates pressure on land, alongside the growth in demand for natural resources. Poor communities find themselves in competition with powerful interests for control over the land, water, forest and energy resources that they depend upon for survival.