Lean\’s wrong end of the stick again

Though, as I reported some weeks ago, the world has – astonishingly – managed to halve the proportion of its people living in extreme poverty since 1990, the actual number suffering acute hunger – some 868 million – has actually grown, contributing to the deaths of some 2.3 million children every year.

This is partly because the subsistence farmers who account for most of the hungry have been neglected. The proportion of international aid provided to agriculture slumped from 17 per cent in 1980, to 4 per cent in just over a quarter of a century. And governments in developing countries pay more attention to the poor in cities, who pose a much greater threat.

Err, yes. Because the solution to the poverty and hunger of medieval peasantry is to stop people farming like medieval peasants.

Get \’em into the cities and then farm the land efficiently.

4 thoughts on “Lean\’s wrong end of the stick again”

  1. Er, unless the world’s population has doubled in the last 23 years the numbers in absolute poverty simply cannot have increased. Did he get his statistics from Heidi or from Polly.

    I’m also wondering; if subsistence farming equates to absolute poverty, why are Cafod, Oxfam and all the other Marxist charity twats so bloody obsessed with it?

    Tim adds: Because the bastard has changed his unit of measurement. Absolute poverty and extreme hunger are not the same measure.

  2. Surreptitious Evil

    I’m also wondering; if subsistence farming equates to absolute poverty, why are Cafod, Oxfam and all the other Marxist charity twats so bloody obsessed with it?

    Because they are insane with an utterly deluded romantic view of a golden age of full employment, blissful shepherdesses, and equality for all. The sort of nutters who think that Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’ is a well researched historical treatise.

  3. TheJollyGreenMan

    I was under the impression that nobody tales any notice of what the Telegraph’s village idiot, Geoffrey Lean, writes. The man is such an obvious fool, and his purposes in life is to fill pages that will be used as cat litter. By referring to any piece of shit that he wrote you are inflating his ego, and it is for that reason that I am disappointed in you as well Tim.

    Sorry, I forgot that Geoffrey babbles about a carbon tax now and again and that makes him a soul-mate, kindred spirit, of yours.

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