The US Offers Massive Assistance to the Hungry. More Is Needed

The United States is the world’s largest food aid donor, contributing more than 40 percent of the global food aid used to feed the hungry. That's worth about $2.4 billion a year since 2014.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that roughly 800 million people worldwide are undernourished. Four nations — Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen — currently are in famine or near-famine conditions. The U.N. called it "the largest humanitarian crisis" since the organization's creation in 1945.

What can the U.S. do to make its assistance go further? One idea is by reducing transportation costs so that food that is purchased from sources closer to where it is needed.

What other ideas can you think of to make food more available where it's needed most?