Hunger in the Marshall IslandsThe Marshall Islands are a collection of islands located on the Pacific Ocean. Due to the reduced amount of rainfall in the region, hunger has become a growing problem for its citizens.

One of the primary sources of income for many on the island stems from their ability to grow food to sell at the numerous marketplaces in the country. About 5,000 people living in the Marshall Islands rely on agriculture as their primary form of income, and as sea levels continue to rise, these people have found it increasingly difficult to grow crops. The combination of drought and rising sea levels has thus increased hunger in the Marshall Islands

As water levels continue to rise in the region and food becomes a more scarce resource for many in the Marshall Islands, many citizens of the island nation have begun to consider moving to the United States. Under a 1986 compact, about 70,000 citizens of the island nation are free to immigrate to the United States. As sea levels continue to rise, and hunger in the Marshall Islands continues to increase, many citizens of the nation have begun to consider this option.

The Millennium Goals of the United Nations have started to make an effort in addressing the issue of hunger in the Marshall Islands. The government of the island, alongside the United Nations, has created three goals to help improve the conditions for people living on these islands. These goals include:

  1. Between 1990 to 2015, halve the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day.
  2. Achieve equal opportunities for decent work for all citizens. This opportunity is mainly for women in the country, who are not allowed to work many jobs.
  3. Between 1990 and 2015, reduce the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 50 percent.

These three goals should allow the Marshall Islands to begin reducing the amount of hunger in their country. This policy change, alongside new technologies allowing for excellent crop yields, could mark the beginning of a new era in the country. In time, hunger in the Marshall Islands should be a thing of the past.

Nick Beauchamp