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Putting an end to hunger

  • Published at 12:00 am September 9th, 2016
  • Last updated at 12:05 pm September 9th, 2016
Putting an end to hunger

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s food-aid program for the ultra poor is a bold step towards ending the problem of hunger in Bangladesh.

No one will have to starve anymore, the PM has said at the inauguration of the program which would make rice available at a very low price for poor people. Her pledge is a major triumph for human rights, and provides a ray of hope for a country that has been struggling with the problem of starvation for quite some time.

Bangladesh currently has a score of 27.3 in the Global Hunger Index, putting us in the “serious” category. However, we have fared much worse in the past, and are poised to perform much better in future years.

The nation has dealt with famines before, and not so long ago, death by starvation was quite common during the lean season. We can all take pride in the fact that those days are behind us, and the prime minister’s promise that no one else will now starve to death is a cause for celebration.

Over the past few years, we have made strides towards winning the war on hunger. There has been tremendous increase in food productivity, and there is more money in people’s pockets. We are gradually leaving behind the days when a person could not afford a meal.

But there is still some way to go, and we are hopeful that the prime minister’s plan will be implemented with the proper oversight, and will have its desired results.

In the last century, the whole world has seen vast improvements in food production technology, thus enabling many first world countries to deal with the “problem” of too much food. In such a world, it would indeed be a shame for so many to continue to go hungry.

We thank the prime minister for taking the lead in making hunger a thing of the past.