by Pritha Nag

10.7% of the world suffers from undernourishment. Undernourishment is different from malnourishment because undernourishment talks about the lack of nutrients where malnourishment talk about the lack of food. That’s roughly 815 million people who don’t get the right nutrition for their body. Undernourishment is a serious case, that many countries face. What causes this? What can we do to solve this? Every country and every person deserves the right for their body to have the right nutrition. 

Yemen ranks as the 11th most undernourished country in the world, with one-third of Yemen’s population being hungry, 22 per-cent of the population were found food insecure. The UN reported that in October of 2018, 14 million Yemeni’s were on the verge of famine.

One of the main reasons for this undernourishment is that Yemen is currently going through a war, the Yemeni Civil War. The Yemeni Civil War is an ongoing conflict, that is based on the two factions that the country is split into from 2015 to the present. The war has caused many problems to Yemen such as currency rates plunging, causing food prices to double. Yemen has always been an economically imbalanced country and Even before the ongoing conflict, around half of the population lived below the poverty line. The country has faced instability, weak governance, underdevelopment, unemployment, etc. 

Yemen is only one country, but there are several more struggling exactly like Yemen. If Yemen ranks as 11th in the world (of the most undernourished countries), and about half of their population is undernourished, what would the other countries be like? We already have all the facts and solutions, we need to start doing it! 

Overall famine, undernourishment and malnourishment is something no one or any country should go through. It in any aspect has a negative impact on society. If we don’t solve this in time, there might not be the next time. We have to wake up now if we want to solve the issue. 

Pritha Nag is 9th Grader in Ascend. She loves reading and writing and channelling her thoughts and opinions through her articles. Her hobbies include, reading, article-writing and journalling. Pritha believes that everyone should use their power and platform to spread positivity and good messages.