2011 Hunger Report: Our Common Interest
As you learn more about the issues involved in this year’s Offering of Letters, be sure to take a look at Bread for the World Institute’s latest Hunger Report, Our Common Interest: Ending Hunger and Malnutrition. The report—chock-full of stories, analysis, and data—focuses on the global response to the rise in hunger as a result of the 2008 food price crisis.
The crisis was a wake-up call for the global community and started a new conversation about hunger, malnutrition, and food security. Now, two years later, there is a renewed focus on the importance of agriculture and its role in decreasing hunger and malnutrition. Our Common Interest examines the events that led to the establishment of Feed the Future, a new initiative from the U.S. government that focuses on improving the productivity and livelihoods of smallholder farmers—which plays a direct role in lowering hunger and poverty rates.
The report includes a six-session Christian study guide for those who’d like to delve more deeply into these topics during adult education classes or small group meetings. Designed for Christians of many theological and political viewpoints, each session includes prayer, Scripture reflection, questions about the report’s topical themes, and ideas for personal involvement and action.
Our Common Interest also has its own website, www.hungerreport.org, which includes the full printed report plus interactive information on global hunger trends, health, and the Feed the Future recipient countries. You can find information by topic, view a slideshow, and watch short video interviews with Bread for the World Institute’s experts and policy analysts.