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