College of Mount St. Joseph education students, with World Food Programme site in the background, are examining ways to incorporate global hunger issues into their lesson plans.
Not only can the study of hunger and food security issues give a student a better understanding of how history has been shaped, it also gives valuable insight into today's current events. For nothing is more basic to the world than its need for maintaining an adequate food supply. Without it, a nation can plunge toward chaos and we saw some examples of this with protests during the food price crisis of 2008 and more recently in Mozambique.
To understand countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan, you must examine the issues of access to food. Millions of people in those countries do not receive proper nourishment. As a result, whole generations are stunted in mind and body. These nations simply cannot progress without food. As Marshall himself said, "Food is the very basis of all reconstruction. Hunger and insecurity are the worst enemies of peace."
The World Food Programme has a Students and Teachers website.