World Hunger:Facts and thoughts to start a discussion with advanced EFL learners. By Maria Markaki Language School markaki-students.blogspot.gr
World Hunger and Poverty: How They Fit Together 963 million people across the world are hungry. Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes;one child every five seconds. In essence, hunger is the most extreme form of poverty, where individuals or families cannot afford to meet their most basic need for food.
Hunger and PovertyHunger manifests itself in many waysother than starvation and famine.Most poor people who battle hungerdeal with chronic undernourishmentand vitamin or mineral deficiencies,which result in stunted growth,weakness and heightenedsusceptibility to illness.
Hunger and PovertyCountries in which a large portion ofthe population battles hunger daily areusually poor and often lack the socialsafety nets we enjoy, such as soupkitchens, food stamps, and job trainingprograms. When a family that lives in apoor country cannot grow enough food orearn enough money to buy food, there isnowhere to turn for help.
Facts and Figures on Hunger and Poverty In 2005, almost 1.4 billion people lived below the international poverty line, earning less than $1.25 per day.
Facts and FiguresAmong this group of poor people, manyhave problems obtaining adequate,nutritious food for themselves andtheir families. As a result, 947million people in the developingworld are undernourished. Theyconsume less than the minimum amountof calories essential for soundhealth and growth.
Facts and FiguresUndernourishment negatively affectspeople’s health, productivity, senseof hope and overall well-being. Alack of food can stunt growth, slowthinking, sap energy, hinder fetaldevelopment and contribute to mentalretardation.
Facts and FiguresEconomically, theconstant securingof food consumesvaluable time andenergy of poorpeople, allowingless time forwork and earningincome.
Facts and FiguresSocially, the lack of food erodesrelationships and feeds shame so thatthose most in need of support areoften least able to call on it.More facts here: www.bread.org/hunger/global/facts.html
Solutions to Poverty The causes of hunger in the United States are rooted in poverty. We cannot address one without also trying to solve the other. Millions of Americans earning low wages struggle to put food on the table and make ends meet. In order to address the continuing prevalence of poverty in the U.S., we need to create good jobs for everyone who can work, provide adequate work supports, and offer incentives so low-income workers are able to save and build wealth. More:www.bread.org/hunger/us-poverty-solutions
Related LinksWorld Food Programme: Fighting hungerworldwideHunger map: the geography of hungerFreerice.com: For each correct answerto these vocabulary questions 10grains of rice are donated throughthe UN World Food Program to help endworld hunger
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Video:Chicken a la Cartewww.cultureunplugged.com/play/1081/Chicken-a%20la%20CarteSynopsis: There are 10,000 people dyingeveryday due to hunger and malnutrition.This short film shows a forgotten portionof the society.What is inspiring is thehope and spirituality that never left thesepeople.This film is about the hunger andpoverty brought about by Globalization.