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From Weaponry to Livingry


Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

The following statistics are courtesy of the United Nations World Food Programme.

* 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat. This number has fallen by 156 million since 1990.

* The vast majority of hungry people (827 million) live in developing countries, where 14.3 percent of the population is undernourished.

* Asia has the largest share of the world’s hungry people (some 552 million) but the trend is downward.

* If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.

* Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.

* One out of six children — roughly 100 million — in developing countries is underweight.

* One in four of the world’s children are stunted. In developing countries the proportion can rise to one in three.

* 80 percent of the world’s stunted children live in just 20 countries.

* 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.

* WFP calculates that US$3.2 billion is needed per year to reach all 66 million hungry school-age children.

“God is a verb not a noun.” Buckminster Fuller

May our compassion have legs.

Related articles:

* 2013 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics by World Hunger Education Service

* An End to World Hunger, Hope for the Future

* How to Help Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

* Help Syrian Refugees

Illustration ~ most likely or, if it’s yours, let us know and we will credit you or take it down. 

– compiled by Jamie Dedes


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8 thoughts on “From Weaponry to Livingry

  1. “May our compassion have legs” is a killer statement, Jamie! And it is a truth that we do need to do more than just read and write, important though that is for those who can and do read and write, we need to move and shake the world’s establishment and it’s leaders, if we are to change things from “weaponry into livingry”. Such a well chosen subject that makes us stand up and take notice. I would have liked to know this fellow, Buckmaster Fuller.


  2. Jamie. Thank you so much for this piece! It was my pleasure to be a colleague of Buckmaster Fuller (“Bucky”) at Southern Illinois University in the 1970s. He was a wonderfully brilliant and completely approachable man. It was wonderful to watch the birth of many of his wonderful ideas about hunger and living in peace on the planet at that time. May we make his vision a reality!


  3. I like the conceptual photo…mushroom clouds to mushrooms, skyscrapers to climbing vines. Technology obscures, especially in young minds, the basics. I ask school children to name a grain, like something you make breakfast cereal from, and most of them respond, “Sugar?” In Wisconsin cities, we have 2 seasons: winter and road construction. When is planting season?


  4. Hunger is one of the subjects that people seem to not want to see…

    even here in San Antonio children go to bed hungry as well as their parents…
    the statistics are overwhelming when one sits and thinks about them..
    I like this line….
    **** If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.***
    it is so true…I know from experience on the denied access….but I still grow alot and give away because it is more than I need…but then thats why there are so many tomatoes on a vine….
    to share….
    a wonderful insightful post, Jamie…Thank you for sharing…..
    Take Care…You Matter…


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