n Journal of Public Administration - Hunger and food security dynamic : an empirical study of the 'Moteng Community Council in Lesotho

Volume 50, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Mankind has evolved and learned to produce food as the basic necessity for survival. It is argued that the food that is produced by the world is sufficient to feed its people. However, some people have food in abundance while others have less than the required amount to feed themselves. This scenario demonstrates a lack of equitable food production and distribution. The world's food insecure people who have less than the required amount of food per day are found largely in the developing countries such as Lesotho. Hunger and food insecurity are multi-dimensional problems that need intervention in interrelated areas including health, markets, learning, emergency preparedness and early childhood intervention. The determination to succeed is dependent on the political will of the public administration through government assistance and multispectral collaboration. All efforts without this necessary support will not alleviate poverty. This article focuses on the reasons for the current situation, what people can do with or without the support of government to get out of the vicious hunger and food insecurity cycle and on assessing the role of government in sustaining the livelihoods and development of the community to alleviate poverty.

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