Bread for the World: Oregon
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Mini Hunger Course

What Causes Hunger?

  • The basic cause of hunger is not:

    • a shortage of food
    • too many people
    • lazy people
    The cause is an inability to grow or earn enough income to buy sufficient food and meet other vital needs (shelter, health care).
    In short, the cause is Poverty.

    Enough food is grown worldwide, the problem is that many people can't produce or buy all they need. They must have land or an income.

    Earning a sufficient income requires three things:

    1. Sufficient Opportunities: Job supply, entreprenural investment.
    2. Skills to match the available opportunities: TrainingEducation.
    3. A political and social environment where people can freely develop their skills and pursue opportunities. Free from discrimination, corruption, and war.

    What can cause an insufficient supply of opportunities and skills.

    3 Broad factors

    • Political
    • Economic
    • Social