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Can humans end world hunger?

According to http://www.un.org/geninfo/ir/index.asp?id=150
"The UN system spends some $15 billion a year, taking into account the United Nations, UN peacekeeping operations, the programmes and funds, and the specialized agencies, but excluding the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Around half of this amount comes from voluntary contributions from Member States, the rest from mandatory assessments on those States."

According to http://www.census.gov/population/www/popclockus.html
United States population is 312.8 million.

From this information I conclude:
15 billion divided by 312.8 million = just shy of 50 bucks per person from the US.

It seems that if the people (of the US alone) committed to 1000 dollars per year per person, equaling $312,800,000,000 (312 billion dollars), we should be able to do some good.

The problem is not that we cannot do this, the problem is we don't.

What do you think?


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    Jan 9 2012: If not humans who else could end world hunger? A strong volunteer force is required in food distribution... the question is not about how much country contributing how much money.... but is the money going to the right channels? Unless a strong distribution system is in place no matter how much effort is done.. the impact will be minimal
    • Jan 9 2012: If not you then who? Thanks Neel. I like the way you jump to the hurdles.

      I absolutely detest militaristic methods of solving issues, but after being in the military, I see that the United States Armed Forces has one of the best logistical teams on the planet. I also think that at 50 dollars a head (15 billion dollars), we could buy a lot of distribution systems. Imagine $1,000 per head. Harder but still doable.

      I agree with you. Money does make people act funny and I cannot speak for other people but my intentions are not to be rich or famous. None of that has meaning to me. My intention is to stop needless suffering on the planet. There is only one planet, one biosphere, the people breathe from one atmosphere. There is no "US and THEM" there is only us. Let's start designing that distribution system today. Please

      I am talking to you but am speaking to anyone who reads our conversation. We can do this, we just have to want to.

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