Hunger in Guinea-Bissau
Start writing a post

Hunger in Guinea-Bissau

Guinea Bissau is a predominantly low-lying country where more than half of its population suffers from hunger. Guinea's name remains a debate; it is perhaps a corruption of an Amazigh word meaning "land of the blacks." The country also uses its capital name, Bissau, to distinguish the country from Guinea, its neighbor to the east and south.

Hunger in Guinea-Bissau

Guinea Bissau once was one of Africa's more developed countries. Nowadays, the country is one of the poorest in the world.

More than 82 percent of Guinea-Bissau's population are farmers. Corn is the primary resource the country trades with other nations, mostly European and Asian countries.

However, today the nation has a massive debt with European countries. The debt led the country to poverty, as in right now Guinea-Bissau does not have enough resources to provide to the whole population.

Guinea-Bissau has been dealing with political instability since it became independent in 1974. As a result, the country has been in poverty for years, but right now, food insecurity worries the government of Guinea-Bissau.

Nearly 70 percent live in poverty, with high infant and maternal mortality rates and a countrywide chronic malnutrition rate of over 25 percent. Almost 85 percent of the population works as farmers. Overall, 11 percent of Guinea-Bissau households are food insecure, though this figure can be as high as 51 percent in some areas. Food insecurity is the main reason behind undernutrition, which is also caused by inadequate health services, poor water, and sanitation, inadequate infant and young child feeding practices, and high illiteracy rates among women.

The World Food Program provides many resources to Guinea-Bissau, including health and nutrition support that the country needs. The WFP also helps the government coming up with solutions about food insecurity, and issue that is affecting 80 percent of the population.

Most of the families that live in Guinea-Bissau eat the cereal that they produce, and sometimes the cereal is not enough to feed the entire family.

Only 8% of the families have enough cereal to cover their needs for one month and a half, 48% of the families have cereal stocks to cover one month of food consumption and 44% of the families have stocks to cover just one month. If the cereal that the families produced gets ruin, more than half of the families would not have anything to eat and would suffer from food insecurity.

According to the Food and Nutrition Security Monitoring System, more than half of the population does not eat as many vitamins and nutrients as they need.

In 2019 Guinea-Bissau ranked 99th out of 117 in a studied about the countries with more food insecurity. This rank means that Guinea Bissau has a severe problem.

The Food and Nutrition Security Monitoring System interviewed 3,900 families in rural areas of the eight regions of Guinea-Bissau in 2017. At first, the results indicated that only 4.7 percent of children aged 6-23 months received a minimum adequate diet, which means that many children do not receive enough food for their development.

The Food and Nutrition Security Monitoring System showed the research to Guinea-Bissau's government.

Since 2017 the government has been working with different organizations to find a solution for the food insecurity issue that is affecting a significant percentage of the population.

Integrated Road Map is an organization that has been helping Guinea Bissau governments achieving Zero Hunger by 2030. WFP will support Guinea-Bissau with its goal providing more than 2.5 billion dollars to the country. The organization believes that Guinea-Bissau needs to evolve; it believes that the country needs to stop focusing on agriculture and expand its businesses to the next level. This would provide the country with more jobs and fewer people suffering from food insecurity.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Robert Bye on Unsplash

I live by New York City and I am so excited for all of the summer adventures.

Keep Reading... Show less

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.


The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments