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Mid-Night Edition, 1,000,000,000 HUNGRY PEOPLE
ONE BILLION HUNGRY
Food crisis leaves one billion hungry
Full article: http://www.irishtimes.com/
Excerpt(s): Speaking at an international conference in Dublin yesterday, [former UN secretary general Kofi] Annan noted that "while national governments and international lenders scramble to inject hundreds of billions of dollars into failing banks, the developing world goes hungry". He urged political leaders to maintain their resolve to end a situation where almost one billion people go hungry every day. "For although the ups and downs of the global economy may be cyclical, there is nothing cyclical about hunger in sub-Saharan Africa. There, the pattern is a steady and appalling rise," Mr Annan said.
A world going hungry
Full article: http://www.theherald.co.uk/
Excerpt(s): Perhaps it should be renamed World Hunger Day. The planet's poorest people are being pushed to the brink of survival and the collapse of confidence in the global financial systems is making matters worse. That was the grim message from the World Bank yesterday, World Food Day... In a downturn, everyone suffers but the poor suffer most. Scots now spend around 9% of their income on food. In Kenya, the figure for many is 80%. And while Scottish food prices have risen by 8.3% in a year, Ethiopian food prices are up 300%. If rich countries can bail out their banking systems, they can afford to fill the food bowls of the poor... It is a scandal that obesity is a major health problem in the rich world while 900 million people are desperately hungry on World Food Day.
One billion hungry on World Food Day
Full article: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail.
Excerpt(s): The World Food Day has once again raised the issue of ever-increasing global hunger, less addressed since the world financial crisis hit... This weekend, the World Bank announced that the food crisis has resulted in an extra 44 million people becoming malnourished in 2008, bringing the total of hungry people to almost one billion - nearly one in seven people now goes hungry... Development experts say a global community able to commit hundreds of billions to bolstering banks should be willing to commit a fraction of that to fighting crippling world hunger, but the experts worry that donors may cite the financial meltdown as a reason not to do more... The UN Economic Commission for Africa is worried the global financial crisis could hamper efforts to alleviate hunger in Africa, with 13.5 million people in Ethiopia alone needing assistance according to the International aid agency Oxfam. Meanwhile food insecurity in the East Asia and Pacific Region is fast becoming a chronic problem, with a report released today showing that people in parts of East Timor are now facing up to five months a year without enough food to eat.
Hunger eclipsed by financial crisis on World Food Day
Full article: http://www.reuters.com/
Excerpt(s): The world's leading crusaders against hunger voiced frustration on World Food Day on Thursday that the global financial crisis had overshadowed a food crisis tipping millions toward starvation. The World Bank predicts that high food and fuel prices will increase the number of malnourished people in the world by 44 million this year to reach a total of 967 million... The World Food Program's Executive Director Josette Sheeran acknowledged that even citizens of wealthy countries had been affected by high food prices and the financial crisis. "But for those who live on less than a dollar a day, it's a matter of life and death," Sheeran said. Proponents of more urgent measures questioned why the world's richest nations could not show the same urgency to save people from starvation as they did when rushing to rescue banks.
World Food Day Highlights Severity of Global Hunger, Public's Will to Eradicate It
Full article: http://www.voanews.com/
Excerpt(s): The situation remains dire. According to the 2008 Global Hunger Index just released by the International Food Policy Research Institute, 33 countries in the world have "alarming or extremely alarming" levels of child mortality, child malnutrition and other hunger-related health problems. (See interactive map below.) But a new international poll suggests that the public will exists to end the scourge of hunger... Despite improvements in the global economy and living standards in many countries in recent years, more than 900 million people - most of them in developing countries - continue to experience chronic hunger. In recognition of this crisis, leaders from more than 100 nations met at the United Nations in 2000 and agreed to eight so-called Millennium Development Goals. Among them was a commitment to halve the number of people in the world who live on $1 a day or less by the year 2015... Majority of Citizens in Developed Nations Say They Would Pay to End Poverty... Respondents were given a specific tax amount that would be required of each citizen in that country in order to pay that country's proportion share in realizing the Millennium Development goal of eliminating global poverty. "And in every country, a majority said 'Yes. I will pay these extra taxes,'" says Ramsay.
Global Hunger Index 2008 Map - Interactive map application developed by Jawoo Koo (IFPRI/HarvestChoice):
About the Global Hunger Index (GHYI): The 2008 Global Hunger Index (GHI) shows that the world has made slow progress in reducing food insecurity since 1990, with dramatic differences among regions and countries. In the nearly two decades since 1990, some regions — South and Southeast Asia, the Near East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean — have made significant headway in improving food security. Nevertheless, the GHI remains high in South Asia. The GHI is similarly high in Sub-Saharan Africa, where progress has been marginal since 1990. The GHI level in the world as a whole remains serious. The countries with the most worrisome hunger status and the highest 2008 GHI scores are predominantly in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Burundi, Niger, and Sierra Leone at the bottom of the list. Several dozen countries in various regions have GHI scores categorized as low. Read more about the GHI...