That is the question posed at the beginning of the Global Hunger Report released today by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The report examines the issue of hunger framed by conditions prevalent today; such as increasing pressure on resources like land, water and energy, demographic changes pushing the planet’s population towards 9 billion by 2050, climate change and institutions and policies that are falling short of their goals.
To make the food system more sustainable, the report recommends a more efficient and careful use of resources, end to subsidies, investment in education and meeting the challenge of climate change, among others. Most of this is frequently discussed but the political will to make it happen often falls short. Everyone needs to get involved in whatever way they can to push for these changes.
The report does conclude, that, yes, there is enough planet for us all, we just have to make smart and thoughtful choices.