Tuesday, April 21, 2009

When the stomach grumbles, the mind stumbles

  • The number of undernourished people worldwide increased to nearly one billion - 963 million compared to 923 million in 2007
  • The vast majority of the world’s undernourished - 907 million - live in developing countries. Of these 65 percent live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia
  • Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined
  • The cost of child undernutrition to national and economic development is estimated at US$20-30 billion per annum. When multiplied over the lifetime of today’s undernourished children, this amounts to US$500 billion – US$1 trillion in lost productivity and income*
In a fantastic book I read recently "An Imperfect Offering" by James Orbinski, former head of MSF, the author says the following. "The most important thing any of us can do is to actively and pragmatically assume our responsibilies as citizens for the world we live in." There are many ways you can help those struggling to survive: sponsoring a child, donating money regularly, volunteering your time and skills.

But there's something even easier you can do to help the fight against hunger. Visit FreeRice where by playing simple games, a small amount of rice is donated for each correct answer. It's something you'd do on facebook or through stumble upon anyway, so why not do it for a good cause?

*These facts came from a WFP document and all were referenced. I just couldn't be bothered copying in the sources. Trust me...

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