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TCC to host lecture on global hunger

Tallahassee Community College
Posted at 11:48 AM, Feb 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-06 07:00:13-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- “A Global Perspective on Hunger and Malnutrition,” at 1 p.m., Monday, February 18 in the Student Union Ballroom.

The lecture will be led by professor Bill Clay from Florida State University’s College of Human Sciences.

Currently, over 900 million people worldwide – approximately 13 percent of the world’s population - are chronically hungry and never get enough food to meet their basic energy needs. Hundreds of millions more are affected by seasonal or other forms of transitory food insecurity, and well over half the population of developing countries regularly fail to consume an adequate amount and mix of foods sufficient to meet their total nutrient needs.

The impact of this deprivation is often devastating - not only for malnourished individuals and households, but also for their communities and, often, for entire nations and regions who must cope with an immeasurable loss of human capital and potential.

“One of the keys to dealing effectively with poverty is to recognize that widespread hunger and malnutrition are both the result of failed social and economic developments. Societies beset by hunger and under-nutrition are usually poor and often remain poor, and breaking this cycle of poverty and poor nutrition is imperative, if poor nations hope to climb up the ladder of social and economic development,” said Professor Clay.

The lecture is designed to empower individuals to make a difference in their communities and around the world. Participants will learn about the extent and severity of worldwide hunger and malnutrition, and explore the causes and consequences of these problems, including looking into the social, economic, political, agricultural, and environmental aspects of poverty and hunger. Participants will also ponder how these problems can be best addressed.

For more information on this event, contact Tallahassee Community College’s Global Learning Office at 850-201-8058 or e-mail globallearning@tcc.fl.edu.