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NIGER: Three Million Children Threatened By Hunger

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A national survey of vulnerable households shows that 5.4 million people face food insecurity across Niger.

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Darlene W (303)
Saturday February 4, 2012, 11:03 am
No reason on earth for any child to go hungry. The money that is thrown away world wide on the destruction of this planet could be used to save the planet and make it easier for those without to survive. Bless all who care and help anyone without.

. (0)
Saturday February 4, 2012, 1:27 pm
Sadly noted, thank you.

Carol H (229)
Saturday February 4, 2012, 5:39 pm
so sad in this day and age!!! noted

pam w (139)
Saturday February 4, 2012, 7:06 pm
Send seeds and contraceptives. Build schools for girls.

Ellen m (215)
Saturday February 4, 2012, 11:35 pm
So right's mans inhumanity to man, usually fueled by greed that causes this.
Thanks Cal, shared on fb

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 12:18 am
I agree with Darlene, Thanks Cal

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 4:16 am
sadly noted

colleen p (38)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 4:24 am
so. if people were vegan, this would not happen? if factory farms did not exist this would not happen? then we would send them food? all of the world?

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 4:44 am
we have gotten an exaggerated and distorted view of this matter.colonization of these regions, imposed drastic changes on the cultures, including ways of finding and growing food. converting land that grew a healthy variety of crops for local inhabitants into land that grew a single crop like sugar cane or tea for export, not only forcing many farmers out of the business of providing food for their own people but pushing others onto less fertile land. setting in motion a cycle which gradually led to widespread poverty. an ounce of prevention is a true statement what we see in our own country with large corporations has been a direct reflection of what they have done around the world. its time to wake the sheeple this problem is fixable when we look at the real issue not the symptoms of a systemic problem.. knowledge is not power its empowering lets be empowered. life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Harshita Sharma (137)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 5:17 am
This is very sad :(

KS Goh (0)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 5:31 am
Thanks for the article.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 6:14 am
With all the money we have in the world, and the huge stocks of food, there is no reason or excuse for not bringing short-term immediate relief, whilst making long-term plans to prevent any more tragedy.

. (0)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 10:43 am
UNICEF: Keep your tee shirt, use the money towards milk instead.

Sunday February 5, 2012, 12:21 pm
if people stopped supporting the meat industry, this wouldn't be an issue

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 1:24 pm
Thanks Cal. Nearby Mauratania is not too well off either.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 1:59 pm
We have been feeding them for fifty years now that I know of and nothing has changed and I often wonder why that is and where is the money going to do so after all these years. Looks like something would of changed by now for the good through training for a better life style of their culture to better themselves. How long must this go on and where is the donate money going to?
Thank you cal cause it really bothers me when a child goes hungry as well as adults.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 3:18 pm
Veg'n organic will feed all, and save all. Human and beyond.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 4:09 pm
Unbelievable comment, "if people stopped supporting the meat industry, this wouldn't be an issue" Why would someone on here reduce this crisis to such a stupid argument.

Our power is based in our ability to influence others through rational pleas for fairness, civility and liberty for all people. This terrible human crisis is about the greed for money and power against the powerless. Meat has nothing to do with it.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 4:12 pm
Right, I am sure those people would welcome food --- and in fact meat to keep them from starvation--I hope that doesn't offend the sensibility of others.

Teresa Cowley (274)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 9:01 pm
No child should ever go hungry--unfortunately, far too many do!!
Pam W., I think you're "spot on"!
Thank you Cal, a sad but necessary article.

Marlene W (1)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 11:28 pm
There are no proper government running these countries. They are a bunch of criminals lining there own pockets. Spending millions on themselves and there families. The people they should be taking care off, instead the money that meant for the poor starving people they have it stored away in European banks. Europe should not allow this to be happening, then we would not have these situations continue happening.

Monday February 6, 2012, 12:06 am
I agree with Darlene too...
noted with hope
Thank you, Cal!

p.s. Every day you can click...

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Monday February 6, 2012, 2:14 am

Past Member (0)
Monday February 6, 2012, 4:01 am
yeas, agreeing with Darlene.

TY, Cal

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Monday February 6, 2012, 9:19 am
agree with Marlene W. very sad if children OR adults go hungry daily...the world can do a lot better yet it does not!!!

Marlene W (1)
Monday February 6, 2012, 9:38 am
What does Pam mean by building schools? They have schools in Africa, that has no books and the children go to school hungry. Unless you are rich, children cannot afford to go to school after the age of 11yrs. They need to change to complete set up of these countries to stop the suffering. Everything that is done is to keep these poor people to continue suffering.

Tuesday February 7, 2012, 12:58 pm
ellene j, yours is the unbelievable comment, you need to get educated, all their land is used by other countries like usa and uk to grow crops to feed animals that you eat

colleen p (38)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 1:05 pm
is there proof that crops grown there -are- sent to the USA for livestock?

Marlene W (1)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 3:28 pm
Coleen if you do your research on the internet, it will answer your question. I know for sure that flowers are grown in Kenya for us in the west to give our love one on Valentine day. And many people in Kenya are lucky to eat one meal a day.

Tuesday February 7, 2012, 8:10 pm
People go hungry because much of arable land is used to grow feed grain for animals rather than people. In the US, 157 million tons of cereals, legumes and vegetable protein – all suitable for human consumption – is fed to livestock to produce just 28 million tons of animal protein in the form of meat. In developing countries, using land to create an artificial food chain has resulted in misery for hundreds of millions of people. Millions of acres of land in the developing world are used for this purpose. Tragically, 80 per cent of the world’s hungry children live in countries with food surpluses which are fed to animals for consumption by the affluent. The irony is that millions of consumers in the first world are dying from diseases of affluence such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and cancer, brought on by eating animal products, while the world’s poor are dying from diseases of poverty. This misery is partly a direct result of our desire to eat meat. Children in the developing world starve next to fields of food destined for export as animal feed, to support the meat-hungry cultures of the rich world. While millions die, one third of the world's grain production is fed to farmed animals in rich countries. If animal farming were to stop and we were to use the land to grow grain to feed ourselves, we could feed every single person on this planet. Consuming crops directly - rather than feeding them to animals and then eating animals - is a far more efficient way to feed the world. The land in poor countries is still largely not owned by the people who work on it and rents are high. Huge areas are owned by large companies based in the West. It is common for people to be thrown off the land, often going to the towns where there is little other work. About 160,000 people move from rural areas to cities every day. For every 10 kilograms of soya protein fed to America’s cattle only one kilogram is converted to meat. Almost the entire population of India and China, nearly two billion people, could be fed on the protein consumed and largely wasted by the United States’ beef herd. Currently farmed animals eat one-third of the world’s cereal production. In the industrialised world, two-thirds of the agricultural land produces cereals for animal feed. The EU imports 45 per cent of its oilseeds (soya) and, overall, imports 70 per cent of its protein for animal feed. As the European Commission admits, ‘Europe’s agriculture is capable of feeding Europe’s people but not of feeding Europe’s animals. The EU also imports cattle feed such as peanuts or soya because it is cheaper than buying animal feed grown in Europe. There are more chronically hungry people in Asia and the Pacific, but the depth of hunger is greatest in sub-Saharan Africa. In 46 per cent of countries there, the undernourished have an average deficit of more than 300 kilocalories per day. In 1996-98, 28 per cent of the population on the African continent were chronically undernourished (192 million people).

Marlene W (1)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 8:21 pm
What Belinda b had to say was so true and sad to read.

Terri Hughes (416)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 10:37 pm
There is TOO much food in this world and NOBODY should have to go hungry!!!!!!!!!

Yvonne F (181)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 6:04 am
Devistating! Especially since we live in a world of plenty and we do have food for everyone on this planet!!!!!! Thanks, Cal for posting!
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