December 05, 2007

Hunger.

The cost to end world hunger and most hunger-related deaths would be about $195 billion a year, according to the United Nations. In 2002, 22 of the world’s wealthiest countries agreed to make “concrete efforts” towards the goal of each giving 0.7 % of their national income as aid to the poorest countries.

Here is a chart of how the countries are doing.

As you can see, much of Scandinavia has already met that goal, and most other countries have set up a schedule towards the goal. The United States is one of only 6 countries that has not. Take a moment to print a letter to your government here.

Also, help fight world hunger and improve your vocab by playing FreeRice (it donates 20 grains of rice for every word you get right!).

Also: Food banks around the country are experiencing severe shortages during the holiday season (see this Washington Post article). This is sad. Donate if you can.

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