Saturday, March 26, 2011

Myth Busting "Third World" Assumptions with Statistics

If we are to have any grasp at all on the future of global food security and global agriculture, we need to bust myths stemming from the 60's about first world versus third world statistics. That's where Sweden's Hans Rosling comes in. This not to be missed TED talk explains how statistics on global populations and trends have changed and why.

Addendum: In 2010, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced that the number of hungry people fell by 100 million to 925 million people, down nearly 100 million from 1.02 billion in 2009. The previous 2009 report broke the numbers down as such:
An estimated 642 million people are suffering from chronic hunger in Asia and the Pacific. An additional 265 million live in sub-Saharan Africa while 95 million come from Latin America, the Caribbean, the Near East and North Africa. The final 15 million live in developed nations.
K. McDonald