World Hunger

Nigel Dower

in The Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284238
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 World Hunger

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Hunger usually occurs in situations in which food is available. However, the very poor have neither the food themselves nor the resources to purchase it. Nor do they exist in a social environment in which the community or the government provides food. But food may exist all around them. Of course, in rare situations individuals or groups may be without food, and either others do not know this or cannot get food to them. That is, others lack either knowledge or capacity. Examples might be a real lifeboat situation or a community cut off by severe flooding. However, in normal circumstances this is not the case. Most hunger occurs where there is in fact food in the area.

Keywords: world hunger; food availability; the poor; social environment; community; government

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy

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