Ending global hunger in our lifetime is possible. But in order for that vision to become reality we have to embrace a world where governments–all governments–are held responsible for being far more responsive to basic human needs. This is especially true for the governments of developing countries.
Ending hunger in our lifetime also calls for a new understanding of how we deal with our differences. We have to develop an accepted methodology of dealing with nationalistic differences without the rapid and almost immediate rush to violence. Of course, the same holds true for our religious and ethnic conflicts, as well.
We simply cannot continue to promote violence as the preferred method of dealing with differences. We will never achieve a world without hunger while we remain continuously at war.
Conflict and hunger are handmaidens. Ending hunger in our lifetime requires that we work for peaceful resolutions to conflict at every level, but this is especially true in those regions of the world where hunger holds the greatest number of our family hostage.
The words of President Dwight Eisenhower come to mind:
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children…This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.