When I began reading Chapter 1 of “Mistaking Africa,” it reminded me of our first class meeting. Professor Crowley asked us to do the same exercise Curtis Keim talks about in the text. Professor Crowley asked us what comes to mind when we think about Africa. It is a great exercise and allow us to express our perceptions of Africa. Even in class, it took me time to think about what comes to mind when I hear the word Africa, because I have not really heard much about it besides the common misconceptions: “Africa is a primitive place, full of trouble and wild animals, and in need of our help” (5). I frequently see the UNICEF commercial with Alyssa Milano, who asks her viewers how it would feel to be able to save a child’s life for fifty cents a day. The commercial precedes to play really depressing music and shows a slideshow of undernourished children, who fend for themselves in
“This hampers Africa’s development by excluding the perspectives, skills and dynamism of half the population” (Takyiwaa Manuh).
However, some believe, that a shift in the way we produce food may have some unintended consequences. They contend that poverty in nations such as Africa and Asia, is caused by the low productivity of the unindustrialized farm labor. The U.S. Agriculture Department projects, without reform, there will be over a thirty percent increase in the numbers of the ‘food insecure’ people in those nations over the next decade (Paarlberg 179).
As each day passes, our society grows and develops because of technology. We continue to become more connected to the rest of the world because of this technology. This, however, does not change the staggering situational differences of the world. There is still uneven distribution of natural resources and unequal opportunity for people. There are many people in Asia and Africa
The Nature of Ronald CoaseDecember 29, 2014The Ideas That Shaped AfricaJanuary 7, 2015 As protests in Ferguson and elsewhere have brought police militarization to the forefront of public debate, some voices suggest that reigning in police militarization requires stricter gun control laws. For example, Matthew Yglesias argues at Vox that “when civilians are well-armed, police have to be as well.” Yglesias claims, “The officer always has to worry that if he doesn’t reach for and use his own gun, the suspect will.” He further contends that the disproportionate rate at which blacks are shot by police means “Young black men pay the price for gun rights.” While “officer safety” is the common refrain used to justify police violence and police militarization,
During the age of cross-cultural interactions, regions went through similar changes and continuities. These regions allowed consistent causes and effects to emerge and change their societies. These changes and continuities are evident in the regional societies located within Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas. In Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas from 600 to 1450 CE, opportunities for women changed, however religion and labor continued to influence society.
Whilst raising money for African charities at school I developed an interest in global inequality and alternative policies that can help low-income nations escape the poverty trap. Reading ’23 Things’ by Ha-Joon Chang, I was intrigued by his view on blaming free-market policies like SAPs that exposed sub-Saharan Africa to international competition, slowing economic growth. Hence, this extended my research to the other side of the
Malnutrition causes nearly half of all deaths in children under five. (Food Aid Foundation.) Millions of children, gone, into thin air. As if they never existed. Millions of stories, millions of futures, all dead, uncared for. More than 795 million people do not have access to enough food to live a healthy lifestyle. (Food Aid Foundation.) Potential scientists, doctors, and musicians will never be able to achieve their goals because they can’t even obtain food. In Haiti, a small central-american country, one out of every three children lose the ability to grow because of malnourishment (Naq, Oishimaya Sen.). The severity of malnourishment in Haiti causes Haitian children to acquire many terminal diseases and blood deficiencies (Naq, Oishimaya
Bill Gates said that the world's poor farmers, not just the ones in America, but the whole world's farmers need our help. After Bill Gates traveled to Bihar, India they noticed that the farmers there needed help from people around the world. To back up what he said about the farmers he used information that he himself gathered. While he was still in India he found that as the crop would become ruined they would go into the city looking for jobs but would come back empty handed and poorer than he was before he left. But for Bill Gates this left a reminder in his brain that for farmers it is a high-wire act without any safety nets. This being drawn up because if you have one bad year then you have to have some sort of miracle happen in order
The first article 4 ways to end hunger in Africa from CNN explains almost 800 million do not have enough food to eat daily in Africa. This reason lead Africa to put greater emphasis on agriculture and supporting their farmers. They achieved to a remarkable goal in cutting the malnourish in half since the 1990. The United States has raised it efforts in the commitment to ending global hunger, poverty, and child malnutrition because of all the
A New York Times by Rachel Cernansky article explains the steps that some African and Asian nations, specifically Kenyans are doing to better their
“Some kids don’t get enough to eat, no matter what people tell themselves,” says Anna Quindlen on the topic of child hunger. In the United States child hunger is not as major as it is in other countries but, that doesn’t mean that is doesn’t exist. The problem of child hunger is virtually ignored in first world countries like the U.S. because of how increasingly worse it is in many third world countries such as Africa. Anna notices this problem and wishes to educate others on the topic and inform the reader on the problem.
It is very sweetening to hear of Africa emerging after years of struggle. The ten fastest growing countries in the world came from Africa for example and consumer spending in Africa tend to increase exponentially in the years to come. Nevertheless, this image and expectations we have of Africa is not a hundred percent sure because the poverty level in Africa does not make any improvement.
Building a foundation together is building one that will last and one that will be finished together gradually over time. If we not only donate technology to these countries, but also work with them to fit the technology into their culture and lifestyles, then they will feel like they are a part of the solution. There are programs today working towards this goal. The following are descriptions of three programs dedicated to teaching small-scale farmers to become more self-sufficient.
The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: To end extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3% and to promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country, which the organization is trying to achieve via low-interest loans, zero to low-interest credits, and grants to developing countries (“What We Do,” n.d.). The World Bank’s moto is “Working for a World Free of Poverty” with the caveat of “do no harm”’; however, what is left in their wake in many cases is heartbreak and devastation. My task with this paper is to address a project of the World Bank in Nigeria that created problems for the nation, and especially the people therein, that received its assistance.