Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang, with the help of an Italian translator, talked on Skype to #Rotary members in Italy. Earlier in the day, he talked to Rotarians in the United Kingdom.
He encouraged Rotary members to tap into technology's potential to connect with others to do more for communities worldwide.
As leaders convene in Istanbul for the World Economic Forum Special Meeting on Unlocking Resources for Regional Development, it is important to remember that one of the most efficient ways to preserve and grow the public and private resources needed for sustainable development is to prevent disease.
That’s a basic tenet of public health: it is much less expensive to prevent disease than it is to treat disease. A healthy population reduces the aggregate cost of healthcare, freeing resources that can be channelled toward development. A healthy population also contributes more to development because per capita production increases as public health improves.
Take the case of polio, the paralyzing and sometimes fatal virus that has been the target of a global eradication campaign since 1988. Today, thankfully, the disease is almost completely gone, but it still persists in some parts of the world, including portions of the Middle East, Africa and Asia. And that last point should be of concern to anyone involved in development in this region....
IN THE REPORT: Inequalities of Food Distribution, FAO (purpose, history, progress), Global Undernourishment, Climate Change and Food, Future Food Systems, World Food Day 2014
Land Mass vs The Population Density
In other words, each person on earth has as much as 8,965 sq m to live in, discounting the use of land for any purpose. That seems a lot, but is hardly the case in real life as explained later.
Ancient Greek sailors predate the Roman and it fell to their lot to name the land masses they came across. They named such land masses on either side of the waterways of the Aegean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea as Asia and Africa. The Aegean Sea was the center of their world; anything to the east was Asia, to the north and west Europe, and to the south, Africa.
The popular seven-continent view is best suited to show how population density is to be considered when relating food availability to the number of people to feed.
The first factor to consider is their relative population density. Asia is the most densely populated continent, housing a large number of people who do not get two square meals a day. Europe, with very high population density, has no such problems. The deduction is simple: better education and knowledge of optimal crop growing and livestock rearing techniques make for a better output, leading to self sufficiency in food........
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