U.N. chief: Hunger kills 17,000 kids daily

By | November 18, 2009

UN chief Hunger kills 17000 kids daily

Somewhere in the world, a child dies of hunger every five seconds — even though the planet has more than enough food for all. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laid out this sobering statistic as he kicked off a three-day summit on world food security Monday in Rome.

“Today, more than 1 billion people are hungry,” he told the assembled leaders. Six million children die of hunger every year — 17,000 every day, he said. The summit opened with the leaders adopting a declaration to renew their commitment to eradicating hunger. They promised to do so by promoting investment, reversing the decline in funding for agriculture and tackling the effect of global warming on food security. Urgent action is critical, Ban said.  In 2050, the world will need to feed 2 billion more mouths — 9.1 billion in all. The steps Ban proposed included providing farmers with seeds and land and offering them access to better markets and fairer trade.

“These small-holder farmers are the heart and soul of food security and poverty reduction,” he said. “Our job is not just to feed the hungry but to empower the hungry to feed themselves.

“The summit came under criticism even before it began, with some aid groups skeptical that it would accomplish much. The United Nations hopes that donors will go beyond affirming their support to end hunger and fulfill a promise they made during a Group of Eight meeting in July to increase food aid significantly.


Though more than 60 world leaders are at the summit, all but one of the G-8 leaders were absent. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Belusconi is hosting the gathering. The United States sent the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Britain sent two ministers. During his speech, Ban also tied the global warming crisis to hunger eradication. …

via U.N. chief: Hunger kills 17,000 kids daily – CNN.com.

On the average, 1 person dies every second as a result of hunger – 4000 every hour – 100 000 each day – 36 million each year – 58 % of all deaths (2001-2004 estimates). – wikipedia

Wow, horrible.  Want to help fight starvation? 1) Stop having kids. 2) Try Action Against Hunger, Starvation.net, and …


One thought on “U.N. chief: Hunger kills 17,000 kids daily

  1. Ann

    Very nice comparison.

    But, you see, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Silvio Belusconi, the problem is quite simple, really. No has invented or devised a method to make lots of money feeding and taking care of the poor, like, for example, the industrial-military complex in the USA, which keeps getting bigger and bigger and more powerful ever day, because of the threat of terrorism (before terrorism, of course, it was Communism, during the Cold War, and before that it was Nazism during WW II, before that it was Socialism, and before that it was the American Indians, who interfered with America’s self-designated project of Manifest Destiny and before that … it was was just plain “Paganism,” I suppose).

    I’m sure you are quite aware of all this, which explains the lack of response from the other G8 leaders. So, why don’t you address this issue? (Or, did you and I missed it?)

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