“Our lives are to be used and thus to be lived as fully as possible, and truly it seems that we are never so alive as when we concern ourselves with other people.” Harry Chapin
SOME HUNGER STATS
Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most populous region, is home to the largest number of hungry people (578 million).
Sub-Saharan Africa, with 239 million undernourished, has the largest prevalence of undernourishment relative to its population size (30 percent).
The Near East and North Africa has 37 million hungry people.
Latin America and the Caribbean, which in recent years has shown signs of improvement, has 53 million undernourished people.
Have you eaten today? Do you know where your next meal will come from? Around the world, and even in the USA, there are people; children, women and men, who go hungry because of famines, high food prices and insufficient food supplies. While some of us are able to choose our foods and enjoy a satisfying, nutritious meal with our families, many others lack the means to nourish their bodies and minds or fight the persistent hunger they face daily. According to the World Food Programme (WFP) Hunger statistics, 925 million people don’t have enough food and 98 percent of them live in developing countries. On October 16, 2011, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will address World Food Day by bringing attention to the plight of millions around the world who have little or no food. The Voice Blogging Project, an online activist group that encourages bloggers to write on one pressing topic each year, is using this event as an opportunity to invite us all to focus on Food as a blog topic for Blog Action Day 2011. We are all invited to contribute our ideas and voice.
The F Word: Famine is the Real Obscenity
“The problem is no longer that with every pair of hands that comes into the world there comes a hungry stomach. Rather it is that, attached to those hands are sharp elbows.” Paul A. Samuelson
Global Hunger Report 2011
MORE HUNGER STATS
Asia and the Pacific region is home to over half the world’s population and nearly two thirds of the world’s hungry people; (Source: FAO news release, 2010)
Women make up a little over half of the world’s population, but they account for over 60 percent of the world’s hungry. (Source: Strengthening efforts to eradicate hunger…, ECOSOC, 2007)
65 percent of the world’s hungry live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia. (Source: FAO news release, 2010)
This year, FAO’s World Food Day will focus on “what causes swings in food prices, and do what needs to be done to reduce their impact on the weakest members of global society.” When all is said and done, it boils down to hunger; who suffers the most and how can we help them? If globally, 200 million children under the age of five suffer symptoms of malnutrition, how can we help? What can we do to increase distribution of foods at fair prices? Blog Action Day 2011 in collaboration with FAO is encouraging all bloggers to participate in raising awareness on the subject of food. To participate, go register at Blog Action Day’s website, write a post on Food, and follow the hashtag #BAD11 on Twitter. If each of us gives voice to the topic of hunger on our blogs, our collective effort will bring attention to governments worldwide forcing them to become agents of change on this pressing matter. More below…