Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Technology that can be contributed to the Quality of Life

The war against hunger is truly mankind's war of liberation
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Among the first necessities of man, where it greatly affects the processes inside the body: to be able to make man effective in his day to day living: To meet physiological needs for growth, to maintain all body processes, and to supply energy to maintain body temperature and activity, FOOD is needed. If ever that I could put to practice the learning’s that I had been experiencing for the past 4 years, it would definitely contain FOOD into it. Not how to make it look beautiful but more than that. It would be for the better for those people who felt the scarcity and the pain when hunger calls out. The stomach who growls for every second that passes by. And even more pain when thinking of food for the rest of the day without even tasting one.

Considering myself an IT professional, and having great influence to the world, it is to my highest priority to share and act on any ways to help those people who are in deep hunger. Hunger to the point where, the people are only skin and bone. The chronic food shortage is one of the most biggest problems in the world. If given a chance to make plans in answering to these problems, I would do it wholeheartedly. I am being influence to the film that I recently watches, which is entitled “Beyond Borders”. It mainly shows the organizations that act within their own calling without minding the compensation or salary to serve and care for others. This film was being starred by Angelina Jolie, I forgot the name of the leading man who she is with. Anyway, back to the story, the part where I was really struck was mostly in the beginning part. There was a conference where the most powerful people gather together to have a fund raising to support the NGO’s where it has its camp in Africa. It provide food supplies and medical support for the people there. It was then being crashed by a grubby-looking man carrying with him a very malnourished kid. He then started to talk about how expensive the dinner was but the organization that started the dinner backed out its support for the team of the doctor, which had been a very terrible news for all the people that rely on their support. The kid whom the doctor was with during the crashing of the party was definitely not the who is greatly affected by lack of food. Angelina was then touched by the words of the doctor, and decided to answer the calling of those people who hungers not just for food but also for attention. She then went to the camps where the doctor had been doing his work, carrying 4 large trucks of food and medicine with her. On her way, she had witness the most cruel thing in the world. People are dying and no other people seem to tend them. Not because they don’t care but because they are experiencing the same thing. Angelina even bothered to save a mother and a child. The mother was started to be a food for the vultures even though its not dead yet. Their was also a scene where the bird of prey is positioning just in front of a child ready to attack. It was a horrible scene that the instant reaction of Angelina is to save. When she was inside the camp, the doctor scold her for bringing another patient. It was then she realized that the camp had more patient than it could handle. They were so many sick people and the hungry ones. They were so depressing to look at. When she asked how many days would the supplies lasts, she was amazed to know that it could only lasts 3-4 days. Thinking that the 4 large trucks would only last for only a few days. How could these people survived? This is where my proposed technology came into view. In my standpoint, I was thinking providing and giving them food for the rest of their lives would not help them in the long run. Yes, it would definitely cut the pain momentarily from their hungry stomachs, but could they face the same hunger for the rest of their lives? Would they still have the same experience every day, no homes to have shelter with and no food to fill their own? Would they rely on the organizations that support for their needs or act something about it.

Last Saturday, when we had our reporting about future technology and presenting our proposed technology, we were being asked by our professor if the future frightens us. This was somehow a tricky question considering that most of my classmates have theorizing that technology had been evolving and under fast development because of the threat in the war zones. War, as they say is the basic motivation for the development of these technologies. Somehow I cannot disagree to their observation, it also have basis which could not be neglected. If I would propose a technology that could help the quality of life, it would be the equality of all. How could everyone in the world spend almost the large part of their money buying gadget to where other could not even buy rice or single bread to feed themselves throughout the day? Others are eating a very small amount of food in restaurants but it could buy many food for the people who needs it. But, they are not that aware of how the world faces hunger.

I had been researching for the current statistics of the world that could compare the state of those people who are suffering from it.

The world produces enough food to feed everyone. World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase. This is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day. The principal problem is that many people in the world do not have sufficient land to grow, or income to purchase, enough food.

Poverty is the principal cause of hunger. The causes of poverty include poor people's lack of resources, an extremely unequal income distribution in the world and within specific countries, conflict, and hunger itself. As of 2008 (2004 statistics), the World Bank has estimated that there were an estimated 982 million poor people in developing countries who live on $1 a day or less . Extreme poverty remains an alarming problem in the world’s developing regions, despite the advances made in the 1990s till now, which reduced "dollar a day" poverty from (an estimated) 1.23 billion people to 982 million in 2004, a reduction of 20 percent over the period. Progress in poverty reduction has been concentrated in Asia, and especially, East Asia, with the major improvement occurring in China. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the number of people in extreme poverty has increased.

Every year 15 million children die of hunger. For the price of one missile, a school full of hungry children could eat lunch every day for 5 years. Throughout the 1990's more than 100 million children will die from illness and starvation. Those 100 million deaths could be prevented for the price of ten Stealth bombers, or what the world spends on its military in two days! The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the world is well-fed, one-third is under-fed one-third is starving- Since you've entered this site at least 200 people have died of starvation. Over 4 million will die this year. One in twelve people worldwide is malnourished, including 160 million children under the age of 5. The Indian subcontinent has nearly half the world's hungry people. Africa and the rest of Asia together have approximately 40%, and the remaining hungry people are found in Latin America and other parts of the world. Nearly one in four people, 1.3 billion - a majority of humanity - live on less than $1 per day, while the world's 358 billionaires have assets exceeding the combined annual incomes of countries with 45 percent of the world's people. 3 billion people in the world today struggle to survive on US$2/day. One out of every eight children under the age of twelve in the U.S. goes to bed hungry every night. The technology options appropriate to rural food producers and herders include, for example: improved soil usage through drainage, terracing and intercropping of food crops so as not to exhaust the soil; conservation, management and development of 'agricultural biodiversity', to make use of the vast range of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture which farmers themselves have developed over centuries, such as the thousands of indigenous varieties of staple food crops which are adapted to particular local conditions; sustainable use of wild foods and medicinal plants; irrigation and water harvesting; and many other techniques appropriate to their circumstances. Practical Action does not impose technologies upon farming or herding communities but seeks to build on local knowledge, secure community partnership, and help the producers themselves to build their own capacity to achieve sustainable livelihoods.
This is when I realized that food is not a problem at all, but its distribution is. Food is not equally allocated to all the people in the world. I also know that food production is business to mostly all people. If the organization providing support to these people could give the appropriate technology to prolong the help they could. I would suggest that the technology would be related to the environment. Since most technology now are somehow responsible to the deterioration of the world. Thus providing a new technology to improve the environment would be a great help, not just for the living world but also for the people living in it. If the problem would be the land cannot hold plants then the technological team could provide a way for this to happen. They could create a manipulated or controlled environment. I can only describe the looks and what are the feature that should be present in the environment. There would be soil that could handle plants and other vegetables. the sunlight would be regulated so that the plants can only have the necessary sunlight it needed. There would also a proper irrigation for these plant sites. The plants could also have a different style of growing. The production must have a new technology that consists of faster yielding of foods. If these is not attainable due to the worst agriculture structure of the land, maybe crops that could live with these situation can help the people. The people helping the less fortunate ones should give out support of crop seeds that are able to adopt the certain climate or situation of a specific area. If not, then the Manipulated Plant Environment could only be the answer, these could be achieved by doing some manipulation in the environment of the plants to where they grow. This kind of environment could handle numerous crops that could feed thousand of hungry people. There could also be a disadvantage to this proposed kind of technology since it would require a big amount of money to start it, but seeing the positive sight of it, it could help thousand and even millions of people in the world. Organizations that are helping these people would not continually think of supplies since they can provide it for themselves. These people could maintain the inside and processes of the Plant Environment and if it could reach where people can use it for business purposes, they can have another fund to create another Manipulated Plant Environment to even provide their necessities. People who are supporting them could then stop, and leave it to them and start to other areas to help. Both could not be stagnant but are dynamically being productive with their everyday lives. As the saying goes “Give a man fish and he could live for the day, but teach him to fish and he would live for a lifetime ”

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8 comments:

in these things uv mentioned i have so much realized that technology could be used in wonderful ways to help the whole humanity...

There are some important things in life in which technology tends to apply. I agree that technology could be a great help in food dissemination and allocation.

great thing technology exist...

yah.. instant solution is not an appropriate one.. and poverty is one of the issue that we must deal with..

yes, we need a more permanent and solutions..


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Ness, FOOD gud....... hehe...... We have just the same intention for the people who suffered hungry. And my innovation of it is to try to make an artificial food that can give the same amount of nutrients or vitamins. Try to read mine so that you can understand more....... ang tinuod diay to bah kay para makacomment lang si agnes kay eker..... hehe

if technology will properly use it will contribute much in the society.

i totally agree that technology should be used most importantly with eradicating poverty.

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