In the next weeks, I will create another page on this blog. I call this “The Hunger Project”. The reason why I thought of this is largely a combination of two experiences in my life. The first has to do with the fact that I do a lot of street photography, and I have seen a lot of hungry people on the streets of my country, and in a few other countries as well.
We have a lot of wealth in this world, and I read ( I may be misquoting the exact number here) that the wealth of the 85 richest people in the world equals the wealth of the poorest 350 million (or, was it the poorest 3.5 billion? It really does not matter, really.). This is an astounding statistic, when there is so much talk in the world about inclusive growth. This talk takes place in political circles, in boardrooms, in events like the annual jamboree at Davos, and the like. It is easy for all of us to pontificate about hunger when we don’t experience hunger.
The other experience, is the work that I did in my last company, and there are some really outstanding people I worked with in my division, on hidden hunger. This is hunger that goes beyond the issues concerning insufficient calorific intake, and relate to the fact that we – many of us – who have a good enough intake of calories, don’t get the proper balance of nutrients, be they macro-nutrients or micro-nutrients. This leads to the surge of metabolic disease in the world. It is amazing how the surge in these diseases goes in line with economic development.
“The Hunger Project”, as I call it will be a page full of photographs of people on the street.
Hunger is a problem we all have to deal with, be it calorific hunger, or nutrient hunger.