Food and agriculture goes to the heart of our civilizations. Religions, cultures and even modern civilization have food and agriculture at their core. For an issue that goes to the heart of humanity it also has its ugly side.
The food scarcity part of the argument in the population debate is an interesting one. People are hungry not because the population is growing so fast that food is becoming scarce, but because people cannot afford it. Food may be scarce, but it is international trade, economic policies and the control of land that have lead to immense poverty and hunger and therefore less access to food, not food scarcity due to over population.
This said, me and a team of friends go all around our city and distribute food to the mentally ill people on the road side, whom no one on this earth will ever care for. Reaching them feels really wonderful to me and we should all have that kind of a nature in us to help the people whose stomach is empty by emptying our stomach for at least one time a day.
A sharper focus is needed on hunger and agricultural development within the broader objective of poverty reduction.