Though, as I reported some weeks ago, the world has – astonishingly – managed to halve the proportion of its people living in extreme poverty since 1990, the actual number suffering acute hunger – some 868 million – has actually grown, contributing to the deaths of some 2.3 million children every year.
This is partly because the subsistence farmers who account for most of the hungry have been neglected. The proportion of international aid provided to agriculture slumped from 17 per cent in 1980, to 4 per cent in just over a quarter of a century. And governments in developing countries pay more attention to the poor in cities, who pose a much greater threat.
Err, yes. Because the solution to the poverty and hunger of medieval peasantry is to stop people farming like medieval peasants.
Get \’em into the cities and then farm the land efficiently.