A billion people are facing starvation!

If you are reading this post, I assume you would not have experienced starvation in your life. Certainly not prolonged starvation that has been forced on you by economic circumstances. But do you know how many people on this planet are facing starvation? Almost a billion! 😯 That is nearly one-sixth of the entire human population. Yes, one in every six humans is starving! 😦 In a damning report released by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in conjunction with Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide, thirty-three countries around the world have “alarming” or “extremely alarming” levels of hunger, according to the 2008 Global Hunger Index. The organisation warned against neglecting the fate of starving people amidst the current financial crisis. “Nearly one billion starving people are a scandal for humanity,” Welthungerhilfe head Ingeborg Schaeuble said. “In contrast to the banks, they are not to blame for their misery.”

Hunger is a shame on humanity . . .

Image: http://www.chinapost.com.tw

The problem of hunger is measured in five categories – low, moderate, serious, alarming or extremely alarming. Countries that fall in the low category have an index of less than 5, a score between 5 and 10 is classified as moderate, a score between 10 and 20 is serious, a score between 20 and 30 is alarming and an index of over 30 is extremely alarming.

Among the 88 countries that do not fall in the low category, 33 countries around the world have alarming or extremely alarming levels of hunger and the majority of them are in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Here is the list of countries that do not fall in the low category . . .

Source: IFPRI, BBC; n/a – data not available, * – data not reliable

India fares very poorly in the list and is ranked 66th in the list of 88 countries 😦 In other words, India is the 23rd most hungry country in the world. Though the score has improved, India is ranked better than only Bangladesh in South Asia. What is shocking is the fact that 200 million people in India suffer from hunger! 😯

List of Indian states (only large ones) by hunger . . .

Image: http://news.bbc.co.uk

In four Indian states the problem is classified as serious, twelve Indian states have alarming levels of hunger while the situation is extremely alarming in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

The report says “improving child nutrition is of utmost urgency in most Indian states”.

“All states also need to improve strategies to facilitate inclusive economic growth, ensure food sufficiency and reduce child mortality,” it adds.

Clearly, India needs to tackle the problem of hunger on a war-footing if it wants to make any progress. Shamefully, most of the Indian “mainstream media” loves to hate the poor as well as those dare to speak up for them or highlight their plight as it would expose their cheap and sordid yellow journalism. Instead of acting as responsible citizens in a democracy, most of those in the “mainstream media” are preoccupied with the sensational reporting of the most trivial issues. Shame on them!

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12 Responses to A billion people are facing starvation!

  1. Aneesh says:

    Indeed, food shortage in one of the serious issues faced by us now a days. Where there are enough food, they are wasting it…

  2. vishesh says:

    hunger is one of the main reasons for a lot of problems….we should first try to do something about this and with the food inculcate a few good habits,like say it is bad to blow up buildings etc…

  3. rahul says:

    media is busy giving prime time to bail out of banks, whereas it is these poor kids who are in real need of a bail out.

    But, perhaps, it’s high time we as a society do something about it, why not adopt one of these kids, the society’s perspective has to be transformed!!!!

  4. kanagu says:

    A thought provoking post. Nicely done. These news channels are only useful to check where and how amitabh and other filmstars are… they are not able to see these things and report about this.. as the people will get some awareness about things around them..

  5. Aaarti says:

    give a man a square meal a day, and watch him smile… food is the major issue that needs to be addressed.. instead people are focussing on all wrong arenas!!

    absolutely mind boggling statistics… phew…

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  7. The hunger issue should be given importance. Can you just imagine how many people a day sleeps without even eating a single meal. That is frustrating but it is true.

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  9. It’s true, Aneesh, wastage of food is a major concern when there is not enough food to feed so many starving people!
    Of course, Vishesh, hunger and poverty are one of the root causes for terrorism and violence.
    Definitely, Rahul. I wonder why the fat cats in Wall Street banks and elsewhere want a bailout when there are so many people in desperate need of a bailout. Adoption is a great idea, but the issue here is that they may not be orphaned children but children with parents who are living in poverty. I guess people or society can choose to take care of the educational needs of the children so that poverty does not get handed down to the next generation.
    Thanks, Kanagu. It is really irritating to see the media give so much coverage to useless film stars and neglect important stories that need to be reported.
    Welcome to my blog, Aaarti! If the food crisis is not addressed immediately, the hunger problem may get out of control.
    Thanks for the link, Vish!
    So many people going to bed without even a single square meal is a serious cause of concern, Dating Advice.

  10. Simply stated, a move away from a meat based to a plant based diet (by the world’s wealthiest countries) is THE way to effect a long term resolution.

    • An alien Earthling says:

      Welcome here, Alison!

      While I guess I can agree with your comment about a plant-based diet since I’m largely a vegetarian myself (a lacto-ovo-vegetarian to be precise), I see no reason why non-vegetarians in the First World (or anywhere else, for that matter) should be forced to give up their meat-based diet.

      Sure, a completely voluntary shift would be fine, as would a policy to reduce wastage and energy intensive food production, but is this the only solution to the problem?

      The problem is not really the lack of food, so far at least, but LACK OF ACCESS TO FOOD. In other words, many poor people starve because they CANNOT AFFORD to have three square meals a day 😦 In reality, it’s a problem that is caused by poverty 😦 and disgusting government policies 😡

      While the First World must play its part in reducing wastage and over-consumption, the Third World too must play its part by reducing poverty, corruption and stop their people from breeding at alarming rates 😯 There is a limit to how many greedy human creatures that Mother Earth can support.

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