Post Tagged with: "Hunger"

A mother holds her malnourished baby at a hospital in Baidoa, Somalia on September 3, 2022. (Photo: Ed Ram/Getty Images)

Number of Ultrarich Hits All-Time High as Someone Dies From Hunger Every 4 Seconds

As a new analysis revealed that the global ranks of the superrich soared to a record number, a coalition of charity groups said Tuesday that hundreds of millions of people around the world are hungry—and that someone starves to death every four seconds. At least 238 international and local charities from 75 countries signed an open letter noting that “a staggering 345 million[Read More…]

by 21/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Gudiya (name changed) at her house, eating plain rice form a plate, sharing it with her sisters- Photo Courtsey - Sachin Kumar Jain

India’s position on the World Hunger Index has fallen and malnutrition and unemployment rising

India is the second largest food producing country in the world and ranks first in the production of milk, pulses, rice, fish, vegetables and wheat. Despite this, a large population of the country is suffering from malnutrition. According to the United Nations’ ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022’ report, people’s struggle for survival has increased[Read More…]

by 14/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
No Russian roulette: The hunger emergency and the global corporate system 

No Russian roulette: The hunger emergency and the global corporate system 

As government efforts to contain it fails even in rich nations, the world’s hunger and livelihoods crisis is rapidly escalating into an emergency. Western leaders and media have been blaming Russia and the war in Ukraine for this unfolding catastrophe, but the facts say otherwise. A month ago, the Food and Work Network, a coalition of academics, community activists, and[Read More…]

by 22/07/2022 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Rising Inflation Pushes 71 Million People Worldwide Into Poverty

Rising Inflation Pushes 71 Million People Worldwide Into Poverty

The worldwide cost-of-living crisis is pushing an additional 71 million people in the world’s poorest countries into extreme poverty, warned the a new report by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday The report said: “The war in Ukraine has severely disrupted global markets for food and energy due to both countries’ large global market shares. Before the war, Russia[Read More…]

by 08/07/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Hunger in Africa 

Hunger in Africa 

One of the less discussed side-effects of the Ukraine war is that it is likely to have aggravated the hunger crisis in many countries of Africa. Some of the countries more affected by hunger , like Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC), had been getting  substantial parts  of their wheat imports from Russia and Ukraine, and to[Read More…]

by 02/06/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Ukraine Update: The War Hikes Hunger In Africa With Increasing Food Price

Ukraine Update: The War Hikes Hunger In Africa With Increasing Food Price

The war in Ukraine is increasing food prices, which is increasing hunger in Africa. An AP report from Mogadishu, Somalia cited Ayan Hassan Abdirahman, who is now paying twice as much as she did just a few months ago to buy the wheat flour she uses to make breakfast each day for her 11 children in Somalia’s capital. Abdirahman has[Read More…]

by 30/05/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Long COVID – Economic Devastation and Quarter of a Billion Pushed Into Extreme Poverty  

Long COVID – Economic Devastation and Quarter of a Billion Pushed Into Extreme Poverty  

  There is a terrifying prospect that in excess of a quarter of a billion more people will fall into extreme levels of poverty in 2022 alone. Without immediate radical action, we could be witnessing the most profound collapse of humanity into extreme poverty and suffering in memory. That is according to Oxfam International Executive Director Gabriela Bucher. She adds this scenario[Read More…]

by 01/05/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Oxfam report: Poorer countries going from crisis to catastrophe

Oxfam report: Poorer countries going from crisis to catastrophe

In the lead up to the semi-annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank being held in Washington this week, the global aid agency Oxfam has produced a report detailing the horrendous impact of rising inflation, coming on top of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, for almost half the world’s population. It said the[Read More…]

by 19/04/2022 Comments are Disabled World
The Ukraine war and the impending pandemic of hunger- Part Two

The Ukraine war and the impending pandemic of hunger- Part Two

For the world’s vulnerable populations already reeling from one of the worst economic shocks and an unprecedented hunger and livelihoods crisis resulting from the Covid-19 lockdowns, Russia’s war in Ukraine poses an existential threat. In this two part series researcher Sajai Jose looks at the way food production across the globe is set to fall due to supply chain disruptions[Read More…]

by 31/03/2022 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
The Ukraine war and the impending pandemic of hunger-Part One

The Ukraine war and the impending pandemic of hunger-Part One

  For the world’s vulnerable populations already reeling from one of the worst economic shocks and an unprecedented hunger and livelihoods crisis resulting from the Covid-19 lockdowns, Russia’s war in Ukraine poses an existential threat. In this two part series researcher Sajai Jose looks at the way food production across the globe is set to fall due to supply chain[Read More…]

by 30/03/2022 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
‘Let them eat Amrit’: After Covid a pandemic of extreme hunger awaits India

‘Let them eat Amrit’: After Covid a pandemic of extreme hunger awaits India

The Modi government’s indifference to the plight of the poor is now pathological. The Indian government’s rhetoric about ‘Amrit Kaal,’ an era of plenty, masks a consistent denial of the fact that the country is caught in a spiralling hunger and livelihoods crisis, the worst in its independent history, and one largely created by official policies. The 2022-2023 Union Budget[Read More…]

by 25/03/2022 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Hunger In Latin America And the Caribbean Rose By 13.8 Million People In Just One Year, Says UN Report

Hunger In Latin America And the Caribbean Rose By 13.8 Million People In Just One Year, Says UN Report

Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is at its highest point since 2000, after a 30 percent increase in the number of people suffering hunger from 2019 to 2020, says a new UN report. According to the Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2021, in just one year, and in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of[Read More…]

by 02/12/2021 Comments are Disabled World
India’s declining position in the global hunger index and growing hunger due to lack of nutritious food …

India’s declining position in the global hunger index and growing hunger due to lack of nutritious food …

 Nutritious food is considered essential for a healthy life, but 300 million people, or 40 percent of the world’s population, do not have enough money to eat nutritious food.  This is stated in a report released at the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 held in Rome from 26 to 28 July.  The report was jointly released by Food Price[Read More…]

by 18/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Between Hunger and Poverty: Politics and Policies of Estimation

Between Hunger and Poverty: Politics and Policies of Estimation

Hunger and poverty are so intertwined that reports concerning one have implications for the other, and a palpable common factor is food security. The release of the Global Hunger Index (GHI) for 2021, on the eve of the observance of World Food Day (16 October), and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October) has naturally generated both[Read More…]

by 17/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
World Food Day Should be Time to Protect Health and Livelihoods By Correcting Distorted Policies

World Food Day Should be Time to Protect Health and Livelihoods By Correcting Distorted Policies

World Food Day ( October 16 ) may be just the right time to reconsider several highly controversial decisions taken in recent times which will create several avoidable problems in food and farming sectors. The Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Sh. Piyush  Goyal said whle addressing a press conference in Shimla ( lead news in Amar Ujala dated 26[Read More…]

by 16/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Give us Today our Daily Food

Give us Today our Daily Food

Come 16 October – and the world once again is together as one, to focus on the most basic need for a person’s survival: food!  The first ‘World Food Day’ was observed in 194, to mark the launch of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Ever since, the day is marked to highlight the need and[Read More…]

by 16/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Malnutrition, child mortality a challenge

Malnutrition, child mortality a challenge

Efforts to prevent infant, child and maternal deaths across the country have proved futile. According to a recent report released by UNICEF, shocking information has come to the fore that six lakh children died in India in 2016. More dire is the fact that a quarter of the world’s infant deaths occur in our country, which has an infant mortality[Read More…]

by 26/08/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Under the Shadow of the Pandemic: The Number of Hungry People Continued to Rise in 2020

Under the Shadow of the Pandemic: The Number of Hungry People Continued to Rise in 2020

The number of people in the world affected by hunger continued to increase in 2020 under the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic, says the annual UN report – The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World – published on Monday. According to the report, “Even in Northern America and Europe, where the lowest rates of food insecurity are found,[Read More…]

by 13/07/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Climate Crisis Pushes A Million People in Madagascar to the ‘Edge of Starvation,’ Says WFP

Climate Crisis Pushes A Million People in Madagascar to the ‘Edge of Starvation,’ Says WFP

Climate crisis has pushed communities in Madagascar to the verge of starvation. The World Food Programme (WFP) says resources are scarce in the country after the worst drought in four decades. The WFP said more than a quarter of people are suffering in one area. And $78.6 million is needed to fight the crisis. Climate change is the driving force[Read More…]

by 25/06/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
World Food System Linked to High Levels of  Hunger , Obesity and  Health Problems

World Food System Linked to High Levels of  Hunger , Obesity and  Health Problems

Serious distortions of  world food system are reflected in rather curious statistics that as many as a billion people suffer from hunger but almost double this number also suffer from obesity. However it should be clarified that obesity is not generally the result of  overeating as much as this is the result of unhealthy foods churned out and promoted on[Read More…]

by 27/02/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Madagascar: A Nation of Hunger

Madagascar: A Nation of Hunger

Madagascar is in great pain. Theodore Mbainaissem, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) sub-office in Ambovombe, southern Madagascar, says: “Seeing the physical condition of people extremely affected by hunger who can no longer stand…children who are completely emaciated, the elderly who are skin and bone…these images are unbearable… People are eating white clay with tamarind juice, cactus leaves, wild[Read More…]

by 21/02/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Silent Sufferings of Children Increased Greatly This Year

Silent Sufferings of Children Increased Greatly This Year

While the sufferings of several sections of population increased this year in India, perhaps it is the silent sufferings of children and students which increased the most. Whether it is nutrition or health or education or exposure to special risk situations and violence, from all points of view there appears to have been all-round deterioration in the condition of children.[Read More…]

by 24/12/2020 Comments are Disabled India
Urgent Need to Extend Free Food Rations for At Least Six Months

Urgent Need to Extend Free Food Rations for At Least Six Months

When the government announced special Covid relief and stimulus package, perhaps the most welcomed feature was that of free food grain ( mainly cereals and a little pulse ) for the needy sections of society. Despite several limitations, this fulfilled an important need in a society experiencing widespread hunger in Covid times. When this provision was extended up to November[Read More…]

by 15/12/2020 Comments are Disabled India
The case of hunger amid an illusion of COVID recovery   

The case of hunger amid an illusion of COVID recovery  

Have we won the fight against COVID? Wait, let us rephrase that. Do you think we have won the fight against COVID? One may assume that we have left the worst behind. After all, amid the Unlock v5, as with its predecessor, the country is finally opening up. One sees the streets bustling, traffic jams jostling and shops abuzz; while[Read More…]

by 14/12/2020 Comments are Disabled India
Looming Hunger: These Inert Organizations Have No Answer

Looming Hunger: These Inert Organizations Have No Answer

Just like clockwork, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has set off another ‘heartfelt’ warning to the rest of the world, saying that, if conditions in the West African Sahel region continues to deteriorate, areas in four concerned countries could slip into famine, this was stated in the FAO’s Early Warning Analysis of Food Insecurity Hotspots and includes; Northeastern[Read More…]

by 09/12/2020 Comments are Disabled World
11 States Survey finds acute situation of hunger across the country

11 States Survey finds acute situation of hunger across the country

Over two-thirds say nutritional quality has worsened and quantity has reduced (in September-October) compared to pre-lockdown The Right to Food Campaign is shocked with the worsening  situation of hunger, although it is more than five months since the lockdown has ended. This emerged in the presentation of the Hunger watch study carried out by Right to Food Campaign and Center[Read More…]

by 09/12/2020 Comments are Disabled India
World Food Day:  Ecologically-Sound Development

World Food Day:  Ecologically-Sound Development

Since the hungry billion in the world community believe that we can all eat if we set our common house in order, they believe also that it is unjust that some men die because it is too much trouble to arrange for them to live.           Stringfellow Barr Citizens of the World (1954)           World Food Day was set by[Read More…]

by 17/10/2020 Comments are Disabled World
The Hunger Crisis in Guatemala

The Hunger Crisis in Guatemala

A report released by Oxfam in July 2020 states, “COVID-19 is deepening the hunger crisis in the world’s hunger hotspots and creating new epicentres of hunger across the globe. By the end of the year 12,000 people per day could die from hunger linked to COVID-19, potentially more than will die from the disease itself.” Like other regions in the world,[Read More…]

by 20/08/2020 Comments are Disabled World
Virus-linked hunger tied to 10,000 child deaths each month

Virus-linked hunger tied to 10,000 child deaths each month

All around the world, the coronavirus and its restrictions are pushing already hungry communities over the edge, cutting off meager farms from markets and isolating villages from food and medical aid. Virus-linked hunger is leading to the deaths of 10,000 more children a month over the first year of the pandemic, according to an urgent call to action from the[Read More…]

by 29/07/2020 2 comments World
When Will We Have Equitable Access To Fruits Of Development?

When Will We Have Equitable Access To Fruits Of Development?

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey and Kushagra Kumar One of the writers of this article is reminded of an incident, when he was teaching at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar which was then functioning from a campus in Chandkheda in Ahmedabad. On 16 December, 2011, a dog picked up a 2 months old boy child Akash who was lying on ground[Read More…]

by 03/07/2020 Comments are Disabled India
COVID-19 Impact: Can India Save The Sustainable Development Goal On Hunger?

COVID-19 Impact: Can India Save The Sustainable Development Goal On Hunger?

Co-Written by Ruchi Sachan & Aditya Bordalai   “Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice”- Jacques Diouf,                   Former Director General of FAO  Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seeks to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition by the year 2030. “Every year, around 9 million people die of hunger; that’s more[Read More…]

by 27/05/2020 Comments are Disabled India
Coronavirus pandemic may throw 60 million people into extreme poverty, warns World Bank

Coronavirus pandemic may throw 60 million people into extreme poverty, warns World Bank

The world’s progress in eliminating poverty is set to suffer a major setback due to the coronavirus pandemic, forcing more people to survive on less than $1.90 per day, the World Bank has said in a recent statement (Press release no.: 2020/193/EXC). “The pandemic and shutdown of advanced economies could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty[Read More…]

by 21/05/2020 Comments are Disabled World
 Five Year Old Girl Dies of Hunger in Jharkhand

 Five Year Old Girl Dies of Hunger in Jharkhand

The death of a 5-year old girl in Hesatu village (Donki GP, Latehar district) on 16 May 2020 is widely attributed to hunger by local villagers. Nimani, about 5 years old, was the daughter of Jaglal Bhuiyan and Kalawati Devi. This Dalit family of ten (husband, wife and eight children aged from 4 months to 12-13 years) has no land[Read More…]

by 17/05/2020 Comments are Disabled India
Heart of Hunger

Heart of Hunger

I don’t know if you came across a piece of news from Kolhapur, Maharashtra, published a few days back in several national dailies. No wonder you might have missed it, it was (purposely) snug in one tight corner of most papers like a hibernating animal, meant to be left untouched. Well, the news was that a twenty-seven-year-old, hungry man, Sunil[Read More…]