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Tackling Food Insecurity

Food shortage is a major trigger of social and political instability throughout the world… people with empty stomachs obey no rules or the law

By SadasivamReddi

During the past two years, in the wake of the Covid pandemic, politicians, economists and businessmen have fretted about world recession. They were right, and now with the war raging between Russia and Ukraine, they have even become more pessimistic with billions of people facing the spectre of food insecurity.

Already in 2014, more than 500 million people were facing food shortage of one kind or another and now, since the middle of 2020, global food prices have increased by 50%. In Mauritius, inflation, depreciation of the rupee, adverse climatic conditions and unemployment have already created food problems for many families. mauritius moved back from a high-income to a middle-income country in 2020, with relative poverty turning into absolute poverty. High food prices mean that some have had to skip meals and many families are cutting down on their basic food necessities especially for children.

It is well known that in earlier times food shortages were traumatic for our parents and grandparents and left bad memories of their struggle for their daily basic needs. They survived only on local produce from vegetable plantations and from home gardens with maize, manioc and sweet potatoes becoming their main diet for months, if not years, on end at a time when they had to work for 10 to 12 hours a day. * Read More… Become a Subscriber

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