In Canada, it’s often not difficult to find food– whether it is in your own kitchen, or just around the block at the nearby grocery store and restaurant.
However, in developing countries, this is not the case. Whether it is lack of food due to disaster, or meager harvests because of unpredictable growing seasons; when people cannot access food, it affects every part of their lives.
Not only do people suffer from physical hunger, but hunger can commonly create rippling impacts that harm people in poverty in other ways.
For example, in times of low harvests, families are forced to reduce their meals — only eating one meal a day, or not even being sure when their next meals will be. In these circumstances, pregnant women and children who require vital nutrients are especially susceptible to illnesses and improper development.
Additionally, without adequate food or crops, farmers who rely on crops as a main source of income are put into insecure economic situations. Without crops, they are unable to purchase necessary goods, such as transportation, clothes, farming equipment, and schooling for their children.
In many other ways, hunger permeates and affects the lives of the poor in ways that can keep them vulnerable and in the cycle of poverty.
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