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No Water, No Food - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

No Water, No Food - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty | Poverty Assignment_Tan Sze Hua | Scoop.it
Today, March 22, people around the world celebrate the 19th annual World Water Day. According to the United Nations, the day is meant to “focus...

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From this article, I can see that water is essential for survival for every human and I'm glad to see that more people are getting improved ssources of drinking water, or gettting just water safe for consumption in parts of the world. However there are still areas where do not have water safe for consumption thus causing people to still need water.Because water is need for crops growing etc, people are also not having enough supply of food due to problems like water is not safe.

I think of the people who do not have enough water when I read this article. I feel sorry for them, because not everyone is helping them with this problem, and we are just sitting here watching them like everyday. I think of how my own life will be like without water that is safe for me to drink. I think of how my life will be like, if everything around me is lifeless, due to the fact that livign things are dying because there is no water left.

I wonder how it would be like, if we do no solve their problems of not having water safe enough for drinking. I wonder if these people would be willing to mobve to another place where there is water and food safe for consumption.

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Teo Jing Yi's curator insight, January 30, 2013 2:41 AM

Before reading this article, I have already know that many people in the third world country are suffering from lack of acess to clean water and this has led to serious issues around the world. This article tells the readers how the world has improved in getting cleaner water for the people over the years and that organisations are already planning to provide more clean water for the growing population in the future. After reading the text, I feel that i should treasure water more instead of wasting it because children who do not have clean water to drink are dying from diarrheal diseases. I would i like to challenge the fact that even though it may be a good news that drinking water sources have improved over the years but this does not mean that children and adults from poorer countries will stop drinking contaminated water. So, it is not totally a good news to the children.

Aidil's curator insight, January 30, 2013 2:15 PM

The U.N.’s 2012 World Water Day events also aim to focus attention on the critical role of water in feeding the global human population. Nonetheless, the struggle for clean water is far from over. More than 884 million people still lack access to clean water. This is nearly three times the population of the United States."Agriculture has to be more efficient in water use - which means more crop per drop - otherwise the demand cannot be met and we will run into a big, big competition between water for agriculture, water for industrial purposes, and water for municipalities," Alexander Müller, FAO's assistant director-general for natural resources and the environment, toldjournalists last week at the World Water Forum in Marseille, Franc

Tricia Chng's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:50 PM

Clean drinking water is still in scarcity in the united nation. And not all is able to gain access to pure drinking water. Those living in poverty, are unable to have access to pure drinking water. Everyday there are people dying due to lack of water.  Hence, when they find any water whether it is clean or dirty, they will just drink it. Therefore  diseases caused by unclean water make them more sick. So,the U.N.’s World Water Day events is set out to focus attention on the critical role of water in feeding the global human population.

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Obesity is about poverty and cheap food, not a lack of moral fibre

Obesity is about poverty and cheap food, not a lack of moral fibre | Poverty Assignment_Tan Sze Hua | Scoop.it
Zoe Williams: It's more palatable to blame diabetes on lifestyle than accept the fact that on a penny-per-calorie basis, a Big Mac is simply cheaper...

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From this articicle, i can see that obesity is actually linked to cheap food. this is because when one does not have the money to buy food, they will go for cheaper options, but it makes it more unhealthy. These foods can be processed foods etc.

It makes me think that cheap food may not be that healthy to one's health after all, so why buy these foods, when it is bad for health? I do understand that people facing poverty may not have the money to buy more nourishing food for themselves, but what about those who do have money to support themselves.

It makes me wonder how people do know that they are consuming unhealthy food, but still continue on eating it, just because it saves a little money.

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Garrick Tay's curator insight, January 31, 2013 11:43 PM

overty and obesity and interlinked with each other. I think that poverty forces people to be only able to buy foods that are cheap, which most of the time are foods rich in fat. Also, these foods are rich in calories, which provide energy for people, which means the poor will also prefer them to healthier foods as it provides them with more energy. This causes them to be unhealthy. I wonder what is being done by the government to help these people and help ease the situation.

Jewelle Lim Fong Yee's curator insight, February 1, 2013 7:52 AM

I see that the obesity and poverty is linked in someways. People who are poorer will not have sufficient money to consume the healthier choose of food. Hence, they are resulted to eating of cheaper food which are rich in calories and high in fats as it provides them with more energy. These food are all fast food which has less nutrients. This leads to obesity and unhealthy diet. I wonder why did the government not take action to help these people and ease their living situation.

Rayn Kang Lam Fong's curator insight, February 2, 2013 10:43 PM

I see that people who are poor eat cheaper but healthier food thus they do not worry about obesity. But those rich people can eat those foods that are expensive but also high in fats

 

I think that we should educate people about this matter so that they can help themselves and not get diseases such as heart problems or diabetes

 

I wonder why the government does not educate the people about this . Less money is better than having more money but having more illnesses.

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Rising Food Prices Intensify Poverty, Hunger In U.S. And World

Rising Food Prices Intensify Poverty, Hunger In U.S. And World | Poverty Assignment_Tan Sze Hua | Scoop.it

"Global food prices continue to rise," begins a recent report by the World Bank. Between October 2010 and January 2011, the Bank's food price index increased by 15 percent, and the global prices of wheat, maize, sugar and edible oils have all increased sharply. (RT @Truth247: Rising Food Prices Intensify Poverty, Hunger In U.S. & World http://huff.to/dLurhu ||No COLA 4 SocSec 4 2 yrs. $250 payment blocked by GOP)


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From this article, I can see that poverty has actually reached most parts of the world, and that some countries are getting much more affected by it. As our natural resources are being used up consistently, food prices are uncontrollably increasing by much more than it should be.

It makes me think of how the other countries which are worse then the amount of people facing poverty in the U.S. are going to survive and overcome this problem. Does anyone actually help them? Or are they just pushed to one corner, left to die alone due to starvation? It makes me think of the fortunate people these days who do not appreciate what they have.

This article makes me wonder if the future generations would be abe to cope with the more drastic price increases in the future, where more of our natural resources are gone. t makes me wonder, how are the people who are originally poor, able to make sure they have enough money or food or survival needs to keep themselevs alive.

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Keith Khoo's curator insight, February 2, 2013 8:27 PM

Before reading this article, just by looking at the picture i thought to myself "woah , what are they having here , a sale ?", but after reading the article i realise those people are at the food banks getting food as they are incapable of buying food as the price has rose quite a bit. This made me to ponder , "why did the gouverment not see this coming and make preparations , like growing their own crops then they do not have to worry about the prices" but then i saw that about 16 percent of the people in America were hit by the rising price of food so i doubt that plan would even help . Finally it led to to wonder that if the prices continue to go up what will happen to those people who still cannot afford it?

Daryl Tan's curator insight, February 3, 2013 2:11 AM

With the food prices rising globally, more and more people in U.S and the rest of the world are having more difficulty putting food on the table. In 2007 and 2008, prices of many staple crops doubled in a year and millions went hungry. Between October 2010 and January 2011, there was another food price-spike.

Years ago, the food crisis used to be widespread only in poorer countries. However, this is not so now. As the food crisis looms ahead, I wonder if the world governments would be able to resolve this seemingly urgent situation?

Mohamed Hasir Marican's curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:26 AM

Before i read this article, i thought that only Asia and Africa are experiencing poverty. However, this article has showed me that even Americas face such issues. In this article it states that 16 percent of people in the Americas have gone hungry due to finances and rising food prices. If this trend of rising food prices continues, then more and more families will fall in to the category. It is going to be a great challenge for the government to solve this problem but they have to do something about it. I have learnt that we should never take things forgranted as we might not know when we are going to fell into the category.

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UK's food poverty revealed: nutrition falls as fruit and veg prices rise

UK's food poverty revealed: nutrition falls as fruit and veg prices rise | Poverty Assignment_Tan Sze Hua | Scoop.it

Annual food survey shows that households are ditching fresh, healthy foods and 'trading down' to counter rising prices

The UK's poorest households are being disproportionately hit by the impact of soaring food prices, according to new government figures that also show the consumption of every major nutrient has fallen in the last four years.

In order to cut costs since 2007, UK households have bought less bread, lamb, beef, fish, fruit, vegetables, potatoes and alcoholic drinks – but more bacon.

The government's annual Family Food survey, which provides the most detailed annual snapshot of food and drink spending and consumption, found that weekly spending per person on all household food in 2011 was £27.99, an increase of 1.5% on the previous year. But because of price rises, that bought less food - 4.2% less in 2011 than in 2007.


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From this article, I can see that many people are starting to not consume or buy fruits and vegetables, because they are increasing in price and instead bought quite unhealthy food. I believe this is because if the lack of harvest, thus the markets are selling things at a higher price.

It makes me think of the other countires which have fuits and vegetables of the same pricing as usual, why do people still not want to buy them? They know that fruits and vegetables are healthy for them. This also brings back to the point where the lack of money does not let one eat well and healthily.

I wonder if the country can import more fuirts and vegetables from other countires so that they have more to sell, and that they would not have to increase the price of the things which they are selling.

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Tan Jun Wei's curator insight, February 3, 2013 12:46 PM

This is my insight using one of the thinking methods. As stated in the article, people are poorer are affected by the raising prices of food and they are unable to afford enough food for themselves. The new government figures also show the consumption of every major nutrient has fallen in the last 4 years. I think that it is important for everyone to have enough food as food is an imporant factor for our survival and also food provides us with important nutrients so as to unable us to have enough energy to go out and work and earn more money to make our lives better. I think that the governement or other organisations can help out by setting up stations at different parts of the country to provide food so that the people can proceed to the nearest stations to get enough food for their family daily.

Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:39 AM

Some countries with poverty benefitted from a tropical climate with lush vegetation and a diverse range of crops that grow all year round. This highlights just how important agriculture is to reducing poverty in some countries. As those who have poverty will have the vegetation and crops that they got and they can eat without searching for any vegetation and crops desperately. So the lesser the vegetation and crops import from other countries, the higher the price it can be.  The country should be part of the biggest exporters of a variety of products, and a much larger proportion of peoples should reap the fruits of this trade. In general, whenever the country experiences periods of economic growth, they match improvements in agriculture. It provides tons of food, jobs, raw material for other sectors (e.g. cattle) and higher income. Even today as the service sector is taking off; agriculture remains an important aspect in the country’s economy. Several studies confirmed what was obvious to everyone: people with larger farm land, those with access to loans or production assets, as well as people closer to local markets all showed much lower poverty rates than the rest. Integrating thousands of households into local markets and teaching more advanced agricultural techniques are also essential aspects to reducing poverty in some countries. In many ways this implies more government intervention, at least to invest in basic infrastructure such as roads and cheap public transportation so that people are given the opportunity to go to town and sell their crops.

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:45 AM

Nutrients are important, especially important for children when they need the nutrients to grow. Without these nutrients, people might have deficiency diseases due to lack of nutrients or obesity due to consuming junk food and sugary drinks. I think that household markets should have an affordable prices for average household families to buy their essential daily needs. If the prices of the products are continuously increasing, I doubt that any of the families will be able to afford it and both the families and the supermarket will suffer. In my opinion, I think that the government should manage the rising prices of products in the supermarket, instead of helping out the families with financial difficulties as a larger number of people will benefit.

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Poverty and food: The nutrition puzzle

Poverty and food: The nutrition puzzle | Poverty Assignment_Tan Sze Hua | Scoop.it

Why do so many people in poor countries eat so badly—and what can be done about it?... Even where there is enough food, people do not seem healthier. On top of 1 billion without enough calories, another 1 billion are malnourished in the sense that they lack micro-nutrients (this is often called “hidden hunger”). And a further 1 billion are malnourished in the sense that they eat too much and are obese. It is a damning record: out of the world population of 7 billion, 3 billion eat too little, too unhealthily, or too much. Malnutrition is attracting attention now because the damage it does has only recently begun to sink in. The misery of lacking calories—bloated bellies, wasted limbs, the lethargy of famine—is easy to spot. So are the disastrous effects of obesity. By contrast, the ravages of inadequate nutrition are veiled, but no less dreadful.


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From this article, I can see that children are suffering from the lack of food. In some countries, the children starve for almost the whole day and they will only get food if they come to school. Starving is bad for their health and they will suffer from different malnutrition symptoms in the long run if they do not treat the probolem of lack of food seirously now.

It gets me thinking of the amount of children who die each day because they cannot take the hunger, and die of some diesease or just plainly starvation, although in some countries, food is nothing important to the people because food is taken for granted.

I wonder how will the children feel about their lives, if they knew that they are leading worse lives than those who are more fortunate than them. Would they feel that it is unfair? or are they just contented with what they have?

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Dharma Illyas's curator insight, February 3, 2013 4:24 AM

Poverty is linked with obesity. 3 million people in the world out of 7 million are either underweight or overweight. I can see that organizations are trying to help these poor people but it is a very daunting job as there are millions of people around the world who are in poverty. Good nutrition is needed for the body as it helps us grow but when people are mulnitritioned, they suffer from many diseases. Since the poor people have little or no food to eat, they suffer from malnutrition and this causes many people to die each day because of hunger and malnutrition.

Wu Weiyang's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:40 AM

There is plenty of food in the world for everyone. The problem is that hungry people are trapped in severe poverty. They lack the money to buy enough food to nourish them. Being constantly malnourished, they become weaker and often sick. This makes them increasingly less able to work, which then makes them even poorer and hungrier. This downward spiral often continues until death for them and their families. Many people are trying to help them problem is still remain unsolved.by donating daily necessaries. However, these things can only last for a short while, the main problem is still remain unsolved. Once they finished the things we donated, how are they going to survive?

 

Poon Ying Ying's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:15 AM

In this article, we can see that the poor are having difficulty eating proper meals. People living in poverty are starving or malnourished, they do not get enough calories and nutrition from the food they consume or even die from diseases because they consume leftover food found in the bins which are unhygienic and contaminated. We have easy access to food everyday and everywhere, but we are not appreciating it. We tend to waste food and complain about the food we eat. That is not the way, we should think of those living in poverty and spare a thought for them. They have to consume unhygienic food or even starve, when we get to consume the clean food of enough nutrition. I wonder how can we waste food at the thought of those living in poverty? How can this people survive on contaminated food everyday?