For the first time in human history, the number of people worldwide that are being affected by the world food crisis is exceeding 1 billion. It would be a little less heartbreaking if global hunger has remained at the same level despite all the programs, campaigns and concerts we've seen the past decade - but it's actually gotten worse and reached a record high.
The new data released in September 2009 by the The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) also announced that the amount of food aid currently available for the most needy is at a 20 year low, and the organization is currently facing a $4.1 billion budget shortfall.
At the same time, people in "1st world" countries are wasting more food. 39 percent of the American food supply is never consumed by human beings. Multiply the individual waste by 300 million Americans and you get enough to feed the people of the Philippines.
In 2008 alone, an estimated 150 million people were added to the ranks of the chronically hungry while food prices increased dramatically around the world as a result of the recent financial crisis.
In Singapore, it was reported that queues for free food were getting longer than ever before:
Longer queues for free food in wealthy Singapore: charities (AFP)
The different faces of Singapore (The Star)
So now we know the problem continues to grow, but what is the solution?