Every year, as many as 800 million people around the world suffer from chronic hunger. Within that group, one in four children under the age of five suffer from stunted growth as a result of malnutrition. By 2050, experts estimate that food production must increase by 60 percent if a world population expected to reach 9 billion by mid-century is to be fed.
Achieving global food security within this context is a tremendous societal challenge that will require extraordinary solutions.
Through its Feed the Future program, the United States government is doing its part to help solve these problems and meet the challenge of feeding the world. Feed the Future is working in 19 low-income countries to help approximately 7 million small farmers increase their production and incomes.
And we’re not alone in our efforts. Many individuals and groups outside government are doing important work to address world hunger as well. In support of these individuals, Secretary Kerry will provide the keynote address at the 2014 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony on June 18. This prize is one of the highest accolades a person can receive for work on food security issues.
To watch the announcement live on June 18, go to video.state.gov/live at 11:00 a.m. EDT, and use the hashtag #Borlaug100 to follow the conversation on social media.
About the Author: Dana Marie Jea serves as a Public Diplomacy Officer in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.
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