Wednesday, December 10, 2008

1 billion people are starving, my friends!

In the midst of our attention towards the Bukit Antarabangsa tragedy, politics and other local issues, we should once in a while take a glance at the globe.

Imagine this – almost 1 billion people are living in hunger condition due to high food prices and domestic conflicts. According to a United Nations report from Rome, the number increased by 40 million this year to 963 million.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) that said fewer and fewer people can afford decent meals, especially in Asia and Africa, despite a fall in food prices, gave a hollow ring to pledges to cut world poverty.

"High food prices have had a devastating effect on the most vulnerable and insecure part of the world's population," Kostas Stamoulis, head of FAO's agricultural and development economics division, told a news conference.

He said unreplenished food stocks, price volatility and the global financial crisis continue to hurt food security, while food prices on domestic markets remain at record high levels. The cost of food staples began rocketing in 2006 because of a spike in commodity prices, and reached a peak in June 2008.

While the global economic downturn has pushed prices of food items down since then, the FAO's food price index was still 28 per cent higher in October than two years earlier.

But even before the food price surge and this year's financial turmoil, the number of hungry people kept rising steadily, despite a U.N. Millennium Development Goal to halve the proportion of the world's undernourished people by 2015.

Some 923 million people were suffering from hunger in 2007, up from 848 million in 2003-05 and 842 million in 1990-1992.

FAO preliminary estimates are that 14 per cent of the world's population was undernourished this year, up from 12.9 per cent in 2003-05 and only slightly lower than 15.8 per cent in 1990-92.

Malaysians! What have you got to say...You people eat a lot, right?


Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

That is such a sad picture! Good of you to remind us that we should not waste food. Also as the end of the year is near, we should think of how and where we can help!


Anonymous said...

How many of the 25.4 or 27.7 million Malaysian citizens are starving ?
Could we give them some food everyday please ?
The country import food up RM 18 billion annually.
Malaysia's Agriculture sector especially food production benefits only middlemen and singaporeans.(all TV documentaries emphasise Singapore as the main market).
Land is always short.
Labour in agriculture declined and will be negative growth except in Cameron hilands where all labour are imprted from Bangladesh,pakistan, myanmar.
I doubt any body really care at all so long as bangsar ,Ampang and jalan alor ,jalan pasar,uptown and all the hotels have plenty of imported stuff.
Mah Ngah Tong

adik, UM said...

betul bang. kita terlalu asyik dengan masalah kecil jika dibandingkan dengan penderitaan berjuta-juta orang lain, terutamanya kanak-kanak yang kelaparan dan mati akibat perang dan masalah lain. sudah tiba masanya kita belajar menjadi manusia semula...

zamora, ampang said...

we are so lucky because we are spared of big disasters like huricane, major flood, earthquake or volcanic eruptions that kill hundreds or thousands of people.

what happened to bkt antarabangsa was just a 'minor' incident due to lack of safety 'consciuosness' and over-zealous implementation.

the government had issued several warnings in the past of the risk on hillslope development but we just ignored it. who to blame now? the authority?

we need to be more realistic. isnt is true what the saying goes,... kalau takut dilambung ombak, jangan berumah di tepi pantai'...

Anonymous said...

i billion?


what's the amount of money we malaysians spent on handphone every year?

sarjan pencen, IPOH said...

i have seen how these people suffered when i was in africa some years ago as soldier.

the united nations was helping but it was not sufficient without the help from governments around the world.

why not you start the campaign of collecting rm1 each from malaysians? i believe many will come in support of you...

Anonymous said...

memang menyedihkan, bang.

masa saya kecil, keluarga kami susah tapi tetap ada makanan walaupun ubi rebus cicah sambal belacan.

semiskin-miskin orang malaysia pun, saya rasa tak ada yang mati kebuluran.

bersyukurlah kerana kita hidup dalam sebuah negara aman dan merdeka

Anonymous said...

malaysians are good eaters and at the same time are good wasters.

if disaster hits us, many will die within days over empty tummies.

many of us never learnt any lesson of the poors and famine-stricken countries

linda, sibu said...

sedih saya tengok gambar tu. teringat satu kisah di CNN beberapa tahun lepas mengenainya.

betul2 menyayat hati...