Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Watching them die...

-- A child dies every six seconds due to hunger
-- 22 nations face protracted food crises

-- Almost 1 billion people worldwide still face hunger

We keep on getting this figures every year from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Over the past few decades, international effort to reduce the figures did not show much improvement (read here).

Why? The super powers are embroiled in international crisis. They used what was supposed to be 'funds for the poors' to finance wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Major donor nations such as the United States, UK, France and Germany were more keen in giving aides to Israel and the West-installed regimes of Iraq and Afghanistan rather than committing seriously to the FAO programmes (read here).

Countries in protracted crisis require targeted assistance, with the focus not only on emergency relief but also on longer-term tools, such as providing school meals or implementing food-for-work programmes, according to a FAO report, which used three measurable criteria to determine whether or not a country is in a protracted crisis.

The criteria are the longevity of the crisis, the composition of external aid flows, and the inclusion of the country on FAO’s list of low-income food-deficit countries (LIFDCs).

A total of 22 countries currently meet all three of these criteria, namely Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

I like watching Malaysians eat. I had a friend who died of eating too much in 2004.


kong said...

agree. many malaysians died of multiple food intake and obesity. they enjoy food too much that they forget about how to safe money and life

insight said...

i am deeply moved.

why dont malaysians set up a rm1 fund to help them? maybe tv3 or rtm can initiate it

putat said...

rakyat malaysia bukan makan tapi mentedaghah. sebab tu ramai yang gemuk gedempol dan dapat banyak penyakit.

bila makan, tak ingat orang. kedekut pulak.

Anonymous said...

a child dies every 6 seconds.

one of them could be a malaysian. some malaysians are still living under the poverty line, without sufficient food, without education and a proper house.

why dont the government conduct a thorough study on this?

Anonymous said...


yang suka membazir makanan memang ramai di malaysia ni. buruk makan pulak

yong said...

its saddening to note that many people are still living in hunger. compared to malaysians, they should be grateful to be blessed with a peaceful country and a good government.

may god help those 1 billion

laban said...


kawan kau mati sebab makan banyak.

kawan aku pun mati sebab makan gak... makan penampor!


eh... tak klakor ke? sori ek!

a diplomat said...

donor countries like the us and uk have not very forthcoming in honoring their promise to help the poors.

only smaller countries like malaysia, korea, egypt and others are fully committed in their pledge

budak sekolah said...

tengok la macam mana orang kita suka membazirkan makanan.

suatu hari nanti kalau negara ni dilanda malapetaka, barulah sedar nilai sebutir nasi!

janice said...

i agree with insight's proposal in setting up a rm1 fund for the poors. we can channel it to the united nations

adik, UM said...

sedih la tgk gambar ni bang. apalah dosa mereka dilahirkan dalam keadaan daif begini.

di malaysia ni, makanan mellimpah ruah hingga ramai membuang lebihannya setiap kali makan.

masa membazir paling kuat ialah bulan puasa.... betul tak?

Anonymous said...

sebab tu ramai masuk spital lepas raya ni, kebanyakannya kencing manis.

makan terlalu banyak, rehat terlalu panjang.

mereka yang kebuluran ni takda penyakit, cuma lapar je...