With famine in the Horn of Africa and food prices close to a three-year high, hunger is the issue of our time. The Global Hunger Index, which measures and tracks hunger around the world, launched this week with a focus on price spikes and food price volatility. Meanwhile, The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) chose to focus their authoritative World Disasters Report 2011, published last month, on hunger and malnutrition. The report highlights the fact that the era of cheap food is now over and that many poor people are suffering as a result.
Hungry in the City is a collection of stories from people in developing countries around the world who explain how they are surviving in an era of higher food prices, inflation and hunger. These case studies are offered for use alongside articles on food price hikes, inflation, urban living and hunger.
The media pack includes quotes from a father who moved to Islamabad with his young family after the 2010 floods in Pakistan destroyed his home and business; a motorbike-taxi driver from Kampala who can no longer afford milk for his children; a maid in Delhi who often goes without food in a bid to feed her family; a mother from São Paulo who struggles to feed her children on her wage as a part-time cleaner; and a homeless man in Buenos Aires who picks through waste to make ends meet.