Are you going to pig out today?

Published: October 16, 2010

18 million Pakistanis are hungry.

One billion people are hungry and I am so angry!

Next time you are having your favorite meal at a restaurant, remember that 1 billion people around the world are facing chronic hunger. When we eat more than we need, we are making someone, somewhere starve.

The plate is half empty

It is extremely heart rending to know that more than 18 million out of 1 billion figure belong to our own country. Half of our country’s population is facing food insecurity. Can we even imagine how that feels?

I felt sorry for such people before, but the recent flood has bought who live below the poverty line closer to us. It makes my heart ache to learn what life is like for people who do not know when they will get their next meal.

The eating day

Sadly, a large percentage of people suffering from poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition are living near us in the cities. There are families in Karachi who have days fixed for their meals. Each day one member eats and all the others wait for their turn.

We all know it is the responsibility of the government to end hunger, but I think that we, as a nation are more powerful. It’s time we take charge and be the change that our country needs.

FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations) is observing World Food Day . The purpose of which is to shake up politicians around the globe to end the food crisis. But we are not going to wait for the government to take action.

What can we do

Lets sign the petition and make a resolution today that we will act to end hunger. How do we do that?

Here are some ideas.

  • Adopt an area and encourage community farming by provide the residents with gardening tools, seeds and basic knowledge.
  • Plant a fruit tree for the poor
  • Present some vegetable plants to such families
  • If you have your own restaurant, why not have a share for the poor?
  • There are some NGOs working to provide free meals to the poor. Help them.
  • If you are growing crops on a large scale, share your crops with needy families.

Do whatever you can in your own capacity. But act to end food crisis.


Zahra Ali

A freelance writer, gardening teacher and environmentalist. She has been spreading the message of natural living through her blog 'Crops in Pots' since 2008

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • omais

    hey Gardener!

    Wah Wah! started wid a gr8 aggression,, then sudden bare U-Turn dragged the attention back to da Crops lolz,,,,

    Newayzz good thought,, Why don’t u spend sum tym wid TRUST dts working for Flood affecties???Recommend

  • Isfand

    Great article,thanks for sharing.You have told some good ideas but the only thing which is going to reduce drastically the number of ppl facing chronic hunger are population control(perhaps even population reduction, as soon will happen in China due to the 1 child policy)and sustainable argricultre(green revolution revealed to be (with higher yields in the short term) simply in the long unsutainable due soil erosion,over utilization (higher of the speed of recharching) groundwater aquifer and soon we can see true collapse of the agricultural producation due to a post of peak water world.Recommend

  • Zahra

    Thanks Isfand,
    Yes population control can help in future but we need to make millions living in our country who are facing chronic hunger. The lack of education also ads to the troubles.

    Only we can change that.Recommend

  • Zahra

    @ Omais. It does not matter with whom you work with or if you work alone. Everyone must contribute in some way.Recommend

  • Muhammad Wasif Javed

    Thanks Zahra for such an insightful post not only addressing issues but suggesting & advising healthy solutions as well. Stay blessed!!!Recommend

  • parvez

    In what can be done you have forgotten that the attitude that “God will provide” has to be changed to “God provides for those who help themselves”.Recommend

  • zahra

    very true. I think that shift of mindsets will come with educaiton.Recommend

  • Angelos

    Great article, i hope readers will remember the hunger stricken people next time while enjoying at resturants.

    To cover hunger problem, we need to see the model laid out by countries like Brazil and control our population.Recommend

  • parvez

    @Zahra pleased and surprised that you responded to my comment. Thank You.Recommend

  • Ghausia

    Wow, I feel so bad for the chili fries I had for dinner to get myself out of the doldrums. You know, one great point you’ve made is about the restaurants, they often throw out food instead of giving it away. I mean, would a person who’s been starving for a week care if he’s eating someone else’s leftovers?!Recommend

  • omais

    Erm. . . . i mean da One ur own organisation working by . . “Express Helpline Trust”Recommend

  • Isfand

    @Zahra,wow i dont execpted a reply.Thanks.
    Btw yes,we must do somethng for those who are already suffering.Recommend

  • zahra

    Thank you all for you ideas and participation. I hope we dont forget this important issue through out the year.Recommend

  • Moosa Lakhani

    A lot of discussion has already been done. i would like to thank for bringing this thing into discussion.

    Secondly what I would like to say is that if Allah has blessed us with enough power financially or enough power in the society to guide people, we must take step now !!

    As an individual we can arrange food for one person at least in a day… this might help a lot.
    May Allah guide us all and give strength to not just write and speak but act. amein Recommend

  • zahra

    Amin… very true. Its easy to talk and write.Recommend

  • Moosa Lakhani

    i have been reading the blogs and posts here for sometime now… what i have observed is people talk talk and just talk !!

    nothing caught my attention to this blog but the picture… it sent shiver down my spine.

    Keep up the good work. May Allah bless you.Recommend

  • sadia

    u never know what anyone is doing. If someone is working out there sincerely, he will not make a display of it.Recommend

  • Moosa Lakhani

    yeah thats correct, but its time for everyone to stand up so that we can bring a positive change which the world can see with the naked eye !!Recommend

  • omais


    Very True!Recommend

  • zahra

    its time that we become the change that can be felt. Let us focus on our own selves.Recommend

  • Isfand

    “but its time for everyone to stand up so that we can bring a positive change which the world can see with the naked eye !!”

    @Moosa Lakhani Well said!

    An easy and effective way finish this crime agaisnt humanity is simply to create a partnership between private and non profit organizations.Already now we produce food for 13 billion people,but the true reason of this crisis there is an extremely inefficent system of redistribuition.Worldide more food than needed is produced,Mainly to maintain the price high the food is simply destroyed,dumped by food producers(American and European farmers regurarly destroy the surplus of the crop another eaxample can be the danish dairy companies which just dump the surplus of their dairy products to the sea in order to keep the market price profitable
    Well lets make a network and an agrement with the private companies and the non profit organizations,which let them be profitable but also create an efficent network of food distribuition.Its more easier than it could seem,the only thing neeeded is the political will.

  • Moosa Lakhani

    I agree to the point that there is no system of distribution. I would like to add that there is no system at all through out the country, whether this is the problem of distribution or something like lack odf education which is such an important issue.

    There is a lack of leadership and a team which could follow the leader !! Recommend