Famine traditionally means mass starvation. The measures of today's crisis are misery and malnutrition. The middle classes in poor countries are giving up health care and cutting out meat so they can eat three meals a day. The middling poor, those on $2 a day, are pulling children from school and cutting back on vegetables so they can still afford rice. Those on $1 a day are cutting back on meat, vegetables and one or two meals, so they can afford one bowl. The desperate - those on 50 cents a day - face disaster.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
The Politics of Rice 30
Is it, world food crisis, that serious? Yes, apparently. Here some excerpts from The Economist (The silent tsunami, April 19th):
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