RP 5th in world hunger survey

Philippine Daily Inquirer

November 05, 2008

MANILA, Philippines�The Philippines ranks No. 5 in the world when it comes to citizens who have had “little or no food at all” in the past year, a global survey on hunger said.

Gallup International asked over 58,000 people from 55 countries this question: “Have there been times in the last 12 months when you and/or your family have not had enough to eat?”

Gallup, a Zurich-based international group, conducted the interviews between June and September for its World Food Survey.

Four in 10 Filipinos or 40 percent said they “often or sometimes” lacked food in the past year, according to Gallup International-Voice of the People 2008.

Topping the list of hungry nations was Cameroon (55 percent), followed by Pakistan (53 percent), Nigeria (48 percent) and Peru (42 percent).

Following the Philippines, and completing the top ten, were Bolivia and Guatemala (tied at 35 percent), Ghana (32 percent) Mexico and Russia (tied at 23 percent).

Worldwide, around two in ten people or 19 percent said they lacked food “often or sometimes” in the past year. Moreover, 13 percent said there were rare occasions when they had no food to eat.

On the other hand, 66 percent said the problem never affected them.

“It is shocking to see that still so many people don’t have enough to eat even in the most developed regions,” Gallup International secretary general Meril James said in a statement.

Not surprisingly, hunger was prevalent among those with low incomes (25 percent), less educational attainment (29 percent) and no employment (27 percent).

Regionally, Africa remains the most affected by hunger, with almost half the population declaring they did not have enough food to eat “often or sometimes” in the past year, with only three in ten Africans saying they did not lack food in the past year. Lawrence de Guzman, Inquirer Research

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2 Responses to “RP 5th in world hunger survey”

  1. […] Gallup, a Zurich-based international group, conducted the interviews between June and September for its World Food Survey. Four in 10 Filipinos or 40 percent said they “often or sometimes” lacked food in the past year, according to … Read more […]

  2. maspnational Says:

    Well, the global survey result conducted by the Gallup International doesn’t only manifest the screaming starvation of the Filipino people. It’s an awakening evidence and indication of how the neo-liberal policies bastardized the many nations and how this neo-liberal paradigm killed many of our brothers and sisters. The 23 percent of Mexico and Russia up to the 55 percent of Cameroon who are in weep of hunger represent the billions of people around the world suffering under the poverty impasse brought by the so-called economic liberty. The survey result shows how brutal the current global economic set-up is and how it killingly hits the stomach of billions of people, as well as the lives of the future. Taking a glance on this article reminds me of how again the November 15 Global Summit will swell the 55 percent, how will it make the Philippines move up its rank in the hunger survey, and how dangerously the ‘new economic order’ still under capitalism will concretize the massive hunger and death of the children worldwide. As part of the youth sector, this issue is more than the issue of our sectoral struggles. This is an issue of everyone, our issue that needs an urgent action base on our concrete resolutions and alternatives.

    Maybe, there is something that we should look back in the schema of our struggle.
    Or if not look back, it’s putting it back.

    Revolution, I guess.
    =)

    -cheanne-
    MASP-NCR

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