AeNa YvELLe (moonwindstarsky) wrote in lifeoutside,

global lack to global abundance

I recently read the TIME article excerpt of "THE END OF POVERTY" by Jeffrey D Sachs. The facts I'll take out are these: over 20,000 people die each day because they are poor, which becomes 8 million dead each year; around 3 billion of the human population is poor, with 1.1 billion in extreme poverty; people considered extremely poor by U.N. are on <$1 day income, while moderately poor is considered $1-$2 a day. In Sauri, a group of eight villages in Kenya, $30 for a bundle of 7 sticks for insufficient fuel is too expensive for many villagers. The U.S. will spend $500 billion this year on defense; only $16 billion will go to poverished areas. $16 billion equals to 0.15% of our national income, or $0.15 every $100.

The U.N. Millenium Project goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015 is underway. They have put into motion some innovations which will be well set by 2015 to rid extreme poverty in 2025. Here are the suggestions from the article:

"Boosting Agriculture
fertilizers, cover crops and improved seeds, Sauri's farmers could triple their food yields
Grain could be protected in locally made storage bins using leaves from improved fallos species tephrosia (has insecticide properties).

Improving Basic Health
1 village doctor and nurse for the 5,000 residents would provide free anti-malarial bed nets, effective antimalarial medicines and treatments for HIV/AIDS opportunistic infections

Investing in Education
meals for all children at the primary school to improve child health therefore education quality
vocational training for modern farming, computer literacy, basic infrastructure maintenance and carpentry

Bringing Power
power line or off-grid diesel generator could make electricity available for lights, a school computer, water pumps for safe water, milling grain, refigeration etc.

Providing Clean Water and Sanitation
enough water points and latrines for public safety throughs protected springs, rainwater harvesting and etc.

The irony is that the cost of these servies for Sauri's 5,000 residents would total $70 per person per year, or $350,000 for all of them."

other suggestions:
"U.S. donating 0.7% national income
give IMF and World Bank support in helping all 182 countries
Strengthen U.N.
Promote sustainable development
Harness global science and technology
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