Poverty can be defined as a state or condition in which a person or community lacks the financial resources and essentials for a minimum standard of living, while hunger can be defined as a compelling need or desire for food, it is the painful sensation or state of weakness caused by the need of food.
Poverty and hunger go together because families who are suffering from poverty usually can’t afford nutritious food and balanced diet meals which leads to malnourishment. Malnourishment occurs when it difficult for people to earn more money so that they can afford healthy food. Hunger and malnutrition remain among the most serious and intractable threats to humanity, which often prevents youth and children from taking part in society.
Poverty is the main cause of hunger around the world – in both higher-wealth and low- to middle-income countries, because people who are hungry live in extreme poverty. More than 650 million people in developing countries live in extreme poverty, and 1 out of 5 children globally. The largest group of people in the world in extreme poverty are smallholder farmers in developing countries. The farmers do not have the land to grow enough food to supply themselves with enough to eat year-round, and they earn so little income from what they sell that they cannot afford to purchase food from other sources once their own supply runs out.
I also agree with digital_pigeon who said "because of poverty there is lack of resources such as agricultural land as well as the means to harvest, store and preserve food are major challenges facing the poor population. The cyclical nature of hunger makes it very difficult for those who suffer from hunger to help themselves. This is why those who have access to adequate resources need to step up and provide assistance."
Poverty has also caused lack of access to or loss of control over resources, including land, skills, knowledge, capital and social connections. Without any of these resources, people are limited and cannot make a living that would provide their basic needs like food. Women are prone to face hunger because they eat least and last, despite the fact that 90 percent of the time, they are responsible for preparing and purchasing food for their families and they also have less access or control over land and resources. Recent data and research has revealed that 150 million women are more hungry than men were hungry in 2021. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, women own less than 20% of agricultural land in parts of Africa and Asia, yet make up 60% of the agricultural workforce. Also an estimated 60% of the world’s hungry people live in countries experiencing active conflict example of a country is Ukarine. Conflict disrupts harvests, hampers the delivery of humanitarian aid, and forces families to flee their homes and people who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict face greater risk of hunger.
First and foremost, the problem of hunger must be tackled by facing poverty head-on.
From there,we can ask ourselves some basic questions like should we turn our attention away from feeding impoverished peoples through aid, and towards helping them become self-sustainable. What are the ways hunger can by facing poverty?
Also is poverty the most prominent cause of hunger?