by Elissa Blattman, Project Assistant
Food insecurity “is the household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food” – Feeding America
Globally, there are approximately 870 million people who do not get enough food to lead a healthy life. Most of those that go hungry live in developing nations. International organizations, such as the UN’s World Food Programme and The Hunger Project, work to end hunger on a global scale. A main part of their work focuses on empowering women because not only are women hit the hardest by hunger, they are also the ones who most often are responsible for providing food for their families and communities.
Around 60 percent of the people living with hunger worldwide are women. Females, especially adult women, often are the last in their families to get food. Women also usually have less access to the resources needed to produce their own food or only have access to lower quality resources to make producing their own food a less daunting task. It is said that providing women farmers with adequate resources could help feed up to an additional 150 million people. The more educated and empowered a woman is, the less likely she and her family are to be hungry. When women earn more money, the health of their children improves.