From the beginning of time, their have been food crises in one form or another. Ancient books such as the Bible have records of various famines devastating portions of the world.

And while it’s easy to attribute these crises to a single cause, such as war or drought, the causes are usually much deeper and much more complex.

Nelson Mandela said, “Overcoming poverty is not an act of charity, it is an act of justice.”

In order for us to achieve the kind of justice envisioned by Mandela, it’s essential that we first understand the underlying causes of food crises. Only after we have understood can we then begin creating meaningful solutions.

With that in mind, here are 8 primary factors behind almost every global food crisis. While not all 8 of these will be present at a time, you will almost always find several of these at work.

Factor #1 – Poverty

Factor #2 – Drought and Desertification

Factor #3 – Political Pressure

Factor #4 – Increased Consumption of Meat and Dairy

Factor #5 – Increased Oil and Transportation Costs

Factor #6 – Falling World Aid

Factor #7 – International Conflicts

Factor #8 – Disease