Ending Hunger Worldwide

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  • Length: 240 pages
  • Trim size: 6" x 9"

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Ending Hunger Worldwide challenges the naïve notion that everyone wants hunger to end. Hunger ensures that employers make good profits and consumers enjoy cheap goods. Most of the hungry are far away. Those who are well-off have little interest in ending hunger. Action to end it has not matched the talk about it because those who have the power to end the problem are not the ones who have the problem. The powerful care about hunger, but not enough.

Hunger analysts typically focus on agriculture yields and interventions with capsules and supplements. They rarely acknowledge that hunger is a deeply social issue that is shaped by the ways in which people treat each other. The central concept that drives the book is that in strong communities, people don’t go hungry.

Strong communities have high levels of concern about one another’s well-being. People may provide food to one another when that is necessary, but more fundamentally, they ensure that all have decent opportunities to provide for themselves. Given decent opportunities, people will not allow themselves or their families to go hungry. There is no shortage of food in the world; there is a shortage of opportunities. People who have decent opportunities either to produce food or to earn money to purchase food will manage to provide for themselves and their families.

Ending Hunger Worldwide argues that if people do not care enough about other people’s well-being, there is little prospect for ending hunger in the world. Strengthening communities by building care certainly would not be an easy route to ending hunger. The argument for this approach is that it is true to the realities of the hunger problem. Without adequate caring, the many things that could be done to end hunger will not get done.

Author Info

George Kent, formerly Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii, is currently working on finding remedies for social problems, particularly finding ways to strengthen the weak in the face of the strong. He works on human rights, international relations, peace, development, and environmental issues, with a special focus on nutrition and children.


“The fact that over 1 billion people face daily hunger in a world of abundant food supplies
shows that current approaches to reducing poverty and hunger are failing. In Ending Hunger
, George Kent claims that, as long as global and national policies continue to
be driven largely by the quest for economic growth, they will be tilted in favor of those who
are already strong. This is a refreshing, thought-provoking book, essential reading for anyone
searching for ways to make our world a better home for all its people.”
Andrew MacMillan, Former Director, Field Operations Division, Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations

“This book is important reading for a wide variety of persons—North and South—concerned
with, or able to play some role in, reducing the shockingly prevalent extent of undernutrition
in the world. We have a global responsibility to end hunger in a world that can produce enough
food for all. The author forcefully discusses human rights to adequate food and the global
obligations to achieve this. He then moves to the important issue of more local, communitybased
approaches to nutrition security, which goes beyond just food security. The writing is
clear and authoritative.”
Michael C. Latham, Cornell University

“George Kent has produced a timely and lucid account of what will be required to truly solve
the problem of hunger, from communities up. This book places hunger within the context
of growing global inequity, trade agreements that work to the disadvantage of poor people,
increasing pressure for land and resources, and rising demands for food sovereignty. This is a
book that cuts through the rhetoric to real answers for addressing a pernicious and needless
violation of human rights.”
Molly D. Anderson, Partridge Chair in Food & Sustainable Agriculture Systems, College
of the Atlantic

“Responding to the challenges and threats posed by the global food crisis, George Kent argues
that the best way to end world hunger is to build stronger communities—locally, nationally,
and globally. One of the world’s leading experts on the subject of food security, Kent offers a
comprehensive diagnosis of the problem that combines a cogent critique of current practices
with an uplifting discussion of possible remedies.”
Manfred B. Steger, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

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