About

This blog offers frequent brief articles on the problem of world hunger, but only by the numbers: how many hungry, how many in each nation and region, how much money would it take to end world hunger, how much food and what types, and much more.

The site is based on my forthcoming book — Hunger Math: world hunger by the numbers. The book is not a narrative. It’s also not an easy read. Mostly data-mining and data analysis, the book examines the constituent elements of world hunger: how much of each macronutrient (protein, fat, carbs) is lacking, which foods provide the most macronutrients, and which crops are most productive in terms of kilograms of protein, fat, carbs, or total kilocalories produces per hectare-year.

The metric of kg of macronutrients per ha-year is particularly useful. The world agricultural system has a certain amount of land and time. A more efficient use of land and time to produce macronutrients, by itself, could end world hunger. The book and this website will identify which crops would be most effective in filling the need for additional macronutrients by the hungry of the world.

The book (still a work in progress) concludes with a set of 15 possible approaches to world hunger.

The blog, like the book, does not make an emotional appeal. There are no photos of starving children. There is no narrative, such as the story of a hungry family and how they were helped. And no donations. The purpose of the book and the blog is to offer possible solutions to world hunger, especially for the use of persons involved in addressing the problem.

The author of this blog and the associated book (both called “Hunger Math”) is Ronald L. Conte Jr. To contact me, use the comment form on this page or any of the post pages.

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