Why do some countries suffer from malnutrition?
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Some countries such Sudan suffer with huge famine crises. Because food can't grow and there isn't enough water food can't grow. This leads to a wave of a hunger crossing over a country which will lead to many children suffering with malnurtrition. However, in bigger countries which have large cities, their export and import rate will be a lot higher which means there will always be an economy and demand for something. Because of this, they'll have something another country made need which can lead to a trade. In that case, a country that has something that another country needs will always be able to demand what they need. Such as Iraq and America. Because Iraq has a lot of oil, America is prepared to give a lot in order to sustain there oil incomme.
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There is enough food to feed everybody in the world now; in the year 2000 there will still be enough food for everyone. And yet 500 million people are malnourished. The realities linking these statements are a relatively inconsequential part of our lives here in the United States, but in Third World countries these realities are part of the shape of living. It is primarily in the third World that protein energy malnutrition (PEM) affects 500 million people and kills 10 million every year.
At the Sixth Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Vancouver, the problems of hunger and malnutrition that deeply divide the Third World from the First and Second Worlds were seen to extend into the body of Christ. Peoples in the Third World struggle every hour with the effects of hunger and malnutrition while the main concern of peoples of the First and Second Worlds is the possibility of nuclear war. The difference evident in these priorities is a reflection of a difference in attitudes, which is, in turn, a reflection of differences in culture and experience.
Another gap is that, though churches and church-affiliated groups in the US. are the largest private givers of overseas food aid, the problem is not a world shortage of food. Thus, what we hope to accomplish with our aid -- to keep people from starving -- is not being achieved. The problem of malnutrition in the Third World is a complex one that most Americans have no experience with and thus do not understand well. But only through better understanding lies any hope for a solution and for more effective use of the money and energy devoted to overseas food aid.
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