Why are People Still Starving in India

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  1. Rhonda D Johnson profile image60
    Rhonda D Johnsonposted 12 years ago

    Why are People Still Starving in India

    Since I was a kid, we've heard of the hungry children in India and Africa. With all the NGOs and missionaries helping them, why are they still poor and hungry?   These are able men and women whose land has been raped and ravaged and colonized by these same people who claim to want to help now. 

    Don't tell me  how many people they've helped.  Tell me how many of the people they've helped are now self sufficient and don't need their help anymore.    In Africa there is a saying, "They came to our land with their Bibles. Now we have their Bibles and they have our land."

  2. pippap profile image78
    pippapposted 12 years ago

    People are still starving in many parts of the world because of greed.  The love of money is the root of all evil.  There is no lack of food on the planet - just look at the amount of food many developed countries allow to spoil each year.  There is a lack of equitable division of food and water resources; and, unfortunately the rich who have it don't want to lose money by sharing it with others.  Until we develop a system that shares equally with absolutely everyone, there will always be the division between the "haves" and the "have nots".

  3. Johnkadu123 profile image69
    Johnkadu123posted 12 years ago

    The government is negligent and the community appears to be based on class/caste systems. India is one of the important economic players in the world but the idea that anyone should be starving in that country is outrageous. At the same time you hear of billionaires. Perhaps a bit more charity giving might be in order

  4. Agantum profile image60
    Agantumposted 12 years ago


    I have attached a graph of world food production from 1963 -2005.  Over this period the world population increased from 2.5 billion by 4 billion people to become 6.5 billion.  The food production graph shows that the amount of food has not only increased, but that it increased at a rate faster than even the staggering population growth over the same amount of time. 

    On paper, we have more food per person available today than we did then and yet we have people still starving.  This is because we do not distribute food evenly.  Some people get more than others.  Farmers also want to get top dollar for produce.  Infrastructure in some places ,is not available to distribute food before it is spoilt.  Local 'authorities' in some regions are sometimes a bottle neck to equitable distribution.  Another factor has been the price of energy and the impact of food being used to replace oil.  With food production used to fuel cars and buses,  less is available for human consumption.  The rich reduce greenhouse gas contribution and the poor starve as a consequence.  (A suggestion might be to move the production of fuel into factory vats or onto land not previously used for food production.)

    You are right that a minority benefit at the expense of the majority, I do not think that will be changing any time soon, even if you remove all of the 'bible thumpers' today.   Some other areas to work on might be, the challenge of the population growth itself. Raising average age of the population, eliminating corruption, peaceful transitions of government, education for girls as well as boys, health, housing, jobs.  Most of these issues have actually improved over the time period above and continue to improve.  Occasionally a few backward steps take place, these have huge ramifications for the people involved and then it is very easy to focus on the negative and it seems like a hopeless situation.  Take heart Rhonda, the situation is not hopeless and is improving.  It might even be, that someone born in a developed economy  today, will be alive to see this bright and shiny future.

  5. Alma Cabase profile image57
    Alma Cabaseposted 12 years ago

    not only in India sis...Starvation is a worldwide problem.Many non-government organizations are working hard to solve it yet I think they're putting up a losing battle. It's a very sad scene if you think about it.

  6. Rhonda D Johnson profile image60
    Rhonda D Johnsonposted 12 years ago

    What's so bizarre is, I go to the grocery store here in this one-horse town in Texas and they have oranges from South Africa.  I'm like, "Hun?  These people are supposed to be starving.  Why are they selling food to the United States?"

    You guys are so right.  Greed and corruption.  The love of money

    The answer may not be government enforced distribution, for that would require a government  that is much stronger than is healthy.   Maybe governments in conjunction with big capital are already regulating food distribution too much and that's why we have South African oranges in Texas.  Maybe the people need to be closer to the source of food.  Maybe communities need to be allowed to grow their own food. 

    We definitely need to educate the young.  We have a generation coming up now who don't even know that grapes and oranges have seeds in them.  Creator help us!

  7. Darrell Roberts profile image70
    Darrell Robertsposted 12 years ago

    There shuold be no one starving in the world.  There is more than enough food to support the amount of people on the planet.  The reason that people still starve it that the greed and wasted resources is out of control. 

    "he most comprehensive study of personal wealth ever undertaken also reports that the richest 1% of adults alone owned 40% of global assets in the year 2000, and that the richest 10% of adults accounted for 85% of the world total. In contrast, the bottom half of the world adult population owned barely 1% of global wealth."

    http://www.mindfully.org/WTO/2006/House … 5dec06.htm

    Humans as a species may need to rethink what the real priorities are in the world, not just India.

    Best wishes.

  8. philli profile image80
    philliposted 11 years ago

    They have a huge population that I am sure nonprofits are not able to completely cover. To solve the problem you have to cure all underlying issues....Many of the same reasons why there are still people here in America that are starving and homeless at this moment, I'm sure.


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