What Is The Hunger Season?


One of the cruelest ironies of chronic hunger is that it disproportionately affects small-scale farmers in the developing world—the very same people who grow food to make a living.

In fact, in Western Kenya, children of the Luhya tribe are often named for the seasons in which they are born: Nasimiyu (the hot, dry season), Wamalwa (brewing season) and most common of all, Wanjala, the “hunger season,” when a farming family’s crop stockpiles start to run out.

Our friends at ONE recently shared a set of drawings that literally illustrate the cycle of poverty that causes the hunger season: