Amidst plenty of foods available in the market, Africa remains an island of poverty and hunger because most of the population there cannot access these foods due to abject poverty and insignificant income levels that could buy the much needed food for survival. Same applies on a relatively smaller scale to some segments of population in Asian and South American continents. Due to paucity of "accessible food", these unfortunate fellow denizens are going to be destined for a "sub-human" way of life, despicable to the conscience of the entire world. Here is a critique on the consequences of such a paradox on the future of the world.
'Scientists, like everyone else on this planet, need to differentiate the theoretical from the economical and the practical. If, as a result of grain embargoes by Russia and (possibly) Ukraine, the price of bread doubles this year, the impact on the world's urban poor — many of whom are living on less than $1.25 a day — will be devastating. And it matters not whether wheat reserves are rotting in India or whether Russia and Ukraine have surplus wheat. And it doesn't matter how many bread crumbs we discard. The dictates of the marketplace can be brutal. There is plenty of money in the world, far more than is needed to eliminate severe poverty, but severe poverty persists. In a global economy, where people's ability to feed themselves depends on the cost of rice or bread, hunger can exist on a wide scale, even if there is plenty of food–in theory–to go around.Don't believe that? Take a look at what's happening today in the African Sahel. Last month, Josette Sheeran, the executive director of the World Food Program (WFP),warned that, as a consequence of widespread hunger, Niger was in danger of "losing a generation." She said that the development of children under the age of five in Niger will be severely impaired unless food relief arrives soon. WFP plans to reach 4.5 million people in the region in the next few months, but Sheeran warned that the situation is deteriorating rapidly and that WFP needs about $100 million to bridge the funding gap".