Thursday, July 23, 2009

World Hunger

While searching for a quote, I was led to this disturbing site about hunger. Look at some alarming statistics HERE. Click map to be able to read it.


GLOBAL HUNGER

  • Hunger and poverty claim 25,000 lives every day
    Source: FAO & The State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2006
  • 854 million people do not have enough to eat - more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union
    Source: FAO & The State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2006
  • 820 million people in developing countries alone are hungry - one in four lives in sub-Saharan Africa
    Source: FAO & The State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2006
  • In the 1990s, global poverty dropped by 20 percent. The number of hungry people increased by 18 million
    Source: Food as Aid: Trends, Needs and Challenges in the 21st Century
  • 524 million of the world's hungry live in South Asia - more than the populations of Australia and USA
    Source: FAO & The State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2006
  • More than 60 percent of chronically hungry people are women
    Source: FAO & The State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2006
  • The number of chronically hungry people worldwide is growing by an average of four million per year at current trends
    Source: FAO & The State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2006

6 comments:

Oxy said...

Joy, I hate to say this, but when one looks at the make-up of the countries where hunger is most prevalent, one will discover that the leaders of those countries are totally corrupt.
Many of them were given their independence by the Brits in the '60s. Nothing good came out of that! Then look at N Korea. I feel for those hungry people while Kim Yong-Il dines on the best food and drink in the world (until his recent cancer).
My Economics Professor once stated that the 'masses' need to die to ensure that the rest of 'us' can live. I could have killed him!

mistress maddie said...

It is very dishearten isn't? It seems like their is just more and more hunger every year. I just headed up a food drive at work for a group home that helps down and out single mother's with childern that don't have much. We ended up getting almost a full pick up of food like dry goods, can goods, and and snack items. They told me they will have food to give out for at least 3 months. A nice post a raise awarreness. I've missed you too. I tried getting on your blog the last two days, but it just kept "thinking" and would never get to the main page. Finally today I got on. Take care Auntie Flame!

Beth said...

this is just so disturbing. I don't think Americans realize just how great we have it.....our eyes need to be opened in so many ways.

Joy said...

I does put things in perspective, doesn't it?

Jazzy said...

Yes, it does Joy. Very sad we cannot pull together and remedy some of these problems. Greedy eyes seem to always get in the way. But, it helps when even one person is saved from dying of starvation or other easily corrected problem.

Berry Blog said...

Well, they wouldn't be if we could get them to my kitchen. Right now i have too much abrosia and tossed salad than I can possibly eat before it spoils. sinful isn't it?