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Rising food prices threaten to push over 60 million Asians back into poverty

Rising food prices threaten to push over 60 million Asians back into poverty | Poverty Assignment by_LimJunHeng | Scoop.it

The Asian Development Bank has warned that high food prices on the continent could push 64 million people in developing countries into extreme poverty, reports the AFP.

Via Jeff Makana
Lim Jun Heng's insight:

After finishing reading this article , I realized what a predicament we are in, the food prices is slowly losing , yet we can’t do anything about it . Soon the prices will rise so high that we can no longer afford, forcing us into extreme poverty? I think the best way to solve this is to stop the extreme weather , which is most likely caused by the global warming , thus I think we should stay green , and protect the earth . I wonder can the people be able to handle it. Being at the average income group to becoming poor to the extent that being unable to buy food?

Noemi Arlante Intes's curator insight, February 1, 2013 5:00 AM

This is my final insight, using see-think and wonder thinking routine. Reading and seen the article about rising food prices is interconnected with my previous insight, it says about how the increasing food prices can lead the continent back to poverty, and to extreme cases even. I think, that this is unfair to the people still on the edge of poverty. Some people still has to pay bills for electricity, to send their children to school or send their family to the doctor. The article also has stated that it is linked to the extreme weathers throughout the world, so I wonder how this could be solved with a win-win situation, without any dispute or another big number falling into poverty again. 

Seamus Ong's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:22 AM

This article makes me realise the current issue of increasing food prices that Asia is facing and how it poses a threat to the economy in the future as there isn't really a way to stop it from causing poverty. It makes me think about the future of Asia and how the cycle of poverty is doomed to repeat itself because of the increasing food prices. It makes me wonder if there actually was a way to get the poor out of this plight.

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» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology

» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology | Poverty Assignment by_LimJunHeng | Scoop.it
There is a vicious, self-reinforcing cycle of poverty associated with mental illness. You become poor. Sometimes through circumstances well beyond your control,

Via Emily Lau, Jocelyn Stoller
Lim Jun Heng's insight:

When I first read this article, I was surprised. I did not realize that being poor would also affect the mental health. after reading this article , I realized that poor people have many worries and such they are under tremendous stress , which will indefinitely affect their mental health , having little money to spend on food also harm their physical health . I think that this should not be allowed happen, cant their government help them out? It really makes me wonder whether their government cares for their welfare.

Joycelyn ت✡'s curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:02 AM

The picture depicts the poor sleeping on the pavement. Living in poverty allows one to face many challenges and difficulties in life. The article tells us the interconnection between poverty and mental illness. Living in poverty for a long period of time can cause health and mental issues too. You will stress out and worry about many problems regarding the lack of money, and not eating enough nutritional food which cost more than processed food. Mental health intervention programs are setup to alleviate people’s difficulties and improve their mental state. We should support these programs and help others to recover from poverty and mental illness by giving our support. The government should also do their part to look after the citizens and prevent poverty.

crystal chin jing's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:16 AM

Healthcare is one such essential need a government provides for its citizen. Health care is a public good which governments have to provide for the people, given the limited resources and competing need of the country. However in less developed countries, people do not have adequate basic health care facilities. One example is India, where diarrheal disease, lower respiratory infection, neonatal disorder, measles, HIV and tetanus are common. Even though the government tries to improve the situation, there are still insufficient doctors, nurses, clinic and medicine to meet the need of the people. I feel sympathizes for the people in India. Many lives were taken away due to insufficient healthcare facilities. I am concerned about the feeling of the people when their loves one was grievously taken away.  I feel very fortunate and lucky to live in Singapore where the government is better able to provide good quality health care for the citizen. 

Hui Yu Leong's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:18 AM

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After reading this article, I'm shocked to find out that poverty has such a great impact on mental illness.When people become jobless or fall ill and recieve government grants, they become stressed about money and the fact that even the social workers and others often encourage a person to remain “disabled” or in poverty to continue receiving the full benefitsof being jobless and feeding of the government's money.The financial programs also often discourage work or even looking for work, and punish the jobless financially because as soon as they  find work as the government grant will be cut off suddenly, leaving them with very little money and low income in most cases contributing to more people getting mental illnesses such as depression as the cannot handle stressful thought of not having money to support themselves. In this propective, I feel that the government is not thinking enough about it's people and that they should have a 'weaning' period for the people who were previously financially assistaed which may motivate more people to find jobs as thier income would not be cut off suddenly. This shows us the huge impact poverty has on mental health.

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training | Poverty Assignment by_LimJunHeng | Scoop.it
For too long, the national dialogue about college education has been focused on access and affordability.

Via britishroses
Lim Jun Heng's insight:

This article tells me many things about education and poverty; it is true that money is required to get education, thus getting better jobs, in order to get money. It all comes back down to money, something which poor people don’t have. I think that we need more groups like the SRA to help the less fortunate, education is the best way to break poverty thus the poor also have to go through education to get better jobs , however , will this really be useful? Will those who have benefited from this actually come back and help the society? Even though the SRA is a nonprofit company, they still need funds to help children. It will come back down to money.

Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:35 AM

Education is the brightest hope for breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty. But, kids born to poor, under-educated parents aren't likely to succeed at school without help that targets their family situations, and that help is most needed during their earliest years. Newborn was born poor, and nearly half of those babies went on to spend at least half of their childhood in poverty. Poor children were born into "deep poverty" to parents living on incomes less. Parents' low educational attainment was shown to predict persistent poverty for their children more consistently than any other factor the study investigated including single motherhood, family unemployment, young age of parents or living in inner-city neighborhoods. Earning a high school diploma can help break the cycle of multi-generational poverty, but persistent poverty makes earning that diploma a tough challenge. Children who spend more than half of their childhoods poor are more likely than never-poor children to enter their 20s without completing high school. Poverty strikes its most innocent victims hardest of all. Stresses associated with poverty including malnutrition, lack of mental stimulation, poor health care, frequent moving and general insecurity have their direst effect on newborns and children up to age two. Children who live in poverty in those first years of life are likely to complete high school than children who became poor later in childhood. I think what this report is saying is that early interventions are very important and targeting resources to these kids from birth is vital, because home environment in early years is so important to brain development. So when parents are stable, kids are stable.


Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:00 AM

Education is important as we live in an era where you can only gain confidence in people and get a job when you have complete education. Many children who are poor, do not get a chance to go to school and learn. When given the chance, I am sure that most of them would wish to go to school and study. Many of these children work to earn money instead of studying as they cannot afford to pay for it. However, I believe that every child deserves a chance to be educated in a school, regardless of how rich or poor they are. Even though education is not something that can be totally free of charge, why not allow all children to go to school and learn the basics of the subjects, so that they would at least have enough knowledge to get a proper job.

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 11:31 AM

As highlighted in the article, we could achieve our goals by breaking the cycle of poverty by having a good and fundamental education through a college degree. Students from low income group with a college degree could contribute to society and become role models.The article mentioned that from an award winning program(SRA), graduants could easily seek employment embarking on  a career opportunity into the workforce.

In my opinion, a healthy society needs to nurture a good education program which in turn have good return through rewarding investment in education.

Rewarding careers and new emerging generation to tackle workforce issues, often kept me wondering how one day I would blend myselff into this.


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Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists | Poverty Assignment by_LimJunHeng | Scoop.it
Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed population expected to reach 9bn by 2050...


This article represents a good example of neo-Malthusian ideas concerning population growth and food production.  The recent drought and subsequent food shortage/spike in global food prices has renewed interest in these ideas.

Via Seth Dixon
Lim Jun Heng's insight:

From this article I can tell that the lack of water is getting more and more out of hand, affecting our food supply. It will not be a surprise for humans to become vegetarians as the lack of meat is apparent. Having a vegetarian diet is the only way for us human to have enough water for our own consumption. , I think it is not that bad to be a vegetarian, after all vegetarian leads a healthier lifestyle compared to people who always eat meat. Vegetables are good for our health after all. This makes me wonder, considering our lack of water and food supply, what will happen if people refuse to co-operate? And continues to waste resources, will we really be the cause of our own extinction? 

Charles M's comment, August 27, 2012 11:00 AM
Being a vegetarian is a lifestyle that not many people wish to embrace. People are looked down upon for being a vegetarian. In reality, as a vegetarian the food is incredible and the feeling after you eat food is drastic compared to a meat eater. As a vegetarian you think more abou what you are putting into your mouth, and eventually body.
Mr Ortloff's curator insight, October 10, 2013 11:20 AM

Neo-Malthusian thought......