This year, during this time of plenty that Harvest brings, we have been learning about hunger and the different reasons that people go hungry.
We were surprised to learn that people can go hungry for more reasons than we think, due to poverty, food affordability, climate change, land availability and conflict. Based on this, we wrote poems describing how it might feel to go hungry. You can find some examples below.
We learnt about how Oxfam has created a Food Index, ranking countries based on their malnutrition rates and the cost of food. Did you know that out of 125 countries, the United Kingdom only ranks at number 13?
The Netherlands, France and Switzerland scored the highest on this index, while Chad – in Africa – scored the lowest.
We also thought about where our food comes from, and discussed the different ways that small farmers can face difficulties, including with a lack of fertiliser, limited land and only being able to afford a particular type of seed. We played a game of snakes and ladders, where the ladders were things that can help a small farmer succeed, and snakes were things that can make life harder for small farmers.