World Food Day: Ten myths about world hunger

by Carla Kweifio-Okai

A vendor in New Dehli sells vegetables from a cart. But where do most of the world’s hungry live? Photo: Manpreet Romana/AFP/Getty Images

Chronic hunger has a range of causes, but global food scarcity is not one of them. According to the World Food Programme, we produce enough to feed the global population of 7 billion people. And the world produces 17% more food per person today than 30 years ago, and the rate of food production has increased faster than the rate of population growth for the past two decades. However, latest calls from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) suggest this might be changing, with estimates that 60% more food is required if population numbers increase to nine billion by 2050.