How can I translate sentences like "poverty leads to hunger" to Latin? There are several possible verbs for leading, and my first choice is ducere, but I am not sure if it can be used in this sense. Perhaps I could simply say inopia in famem ducit, but I'm far from confident. This would work if I added an object hominem ("poverty leads a man to hunger"), but I really want to avoid using an object.
There are cases when there is no clear object or I do not want indicate what the object is. If possible, I would like a structure that also works for "the series of events led to her birth" or "heavy rain does not lead to drought" or "careless driving leads to sorrow". If it is better to use different phrases for these different examples, what Latin phrases should I have in mind when trying to translate "leads to"?