One topic that was a central focus at the World Affairs Conference was food. The issues addressed ranged from world hunger, the global food crisis, and agricultural sustainability to the local food movement, obesity, and rising health care costs associated with nutrition-related diseases. Today, I’ll focus on the first half of these issues in the global context.
Did you know that one billion people in the world suffer from malnutrition? Or that only 8% of malnutrition is due to war and natural disaster, while 92% is due to chronic poverty?
Did you know that in 2008 more food was produced than ever before–enough to feed 11 billion people–but that more people went hungry in 2008 than ever before?
As dire as these statistics may sound, there are promising initiatives striving to decrease suffering and create global food equity.
Hi all! It’s me, former intern Sara R., back from a year-and-a-half hiatus from My Wonderful World blogging. It’s lovely to be back! Since leaving my post at MWW, I graduated cum laude from UCLA with a degree in communications and global studies and moved to San Francisco, where I’ve been working in healthcare consulting since September ’09.
Last week I attended WorldAffairs 2010, the World Affairs Council’s annual conference, held right in the heart of San Francisco. The theme of this year’s conference was Innovative Leadership in the Face of Crises, an especially apropos focus in light of the devastating natural disasters of the past two months. The conference brings together civic leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, academics, business executives, analysts, and students for two days of discussions on the most pressing international issues of the day. I was lucky to be a part of it and I’m happy to share my experiences with you all!