October 1, 2011
Multimedia Resources on World Hunger
- Lawrence M. Hinman
University of San Diego.
- "Introduction to Ethics and World Hunger"
- Peter Singer
Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics
University Center for Human Values
Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
10th Annual Meeting March 1-2, 2001
- Henry Shue
Internet Resources on World Hunger
Dr. Oscar Arias, "Globalization and Challengs to Human Security"
- Millenium Goals for 2015. The United Nations Millenium Development Goals, including the interim 2010 Summit, including world poverty and hunger.
Nations Population Information Network (POPIN). Latest
1998 information on population trends.
Alan Shawn Feinstein Hunger Program at Brown University. Excellent links
to other resources
Library on International Development. Excellent guide to on-line resources
in international development, esp. Africa.
Information on Lester Brown's Worldwatch Institute and State of the World
ReliefNet was one of the first sites on the web to focus on relief and development
issues with an emphasis on fundraising and public education.
Dreze and Amartya Sen's Hunger
and Public Action (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989. The full
text of a superb book--availalbe in full text form on Reliefnet.
Singer Solution to World Poverty,"New York Times, September
Roads to Development: Why it's better to be poor in some countries than
in others", The Economist, August 19, 1995. A thoughtful piece
thaat considers the question of why life in some poor countries is better
than life in other, less poor countries. From ReliefNet.
Hero of Our Time," The New York Review of Books, November
30, 1995. The story of Fred Cuny, who had become extensively involved in
relief and disaster work. From ReliefNet.
Neighbors describes itself as a non-profit organization to eliminate
hunger disease and poverty in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Contains
information on their organization, sustainability, Global Environmental
Problems, Maps, actual 3rd World talks, publications, partnerships.
Population Growth. In their own words, " Zero Population Growth,
Inc. (ZPG) is a national non-profit organization working to slow population
growth and achieve a sustainable balance of people, resources, and the environment."
Online describes itself as "a worldwide conversation on sustainable
human development" and states that it "is the world's biggest
and best collection of multimedia material - that's text, graphics, audio
and video - on development, the environment and human rights on the Web.
"Much of the material is well organized around topics--see, for example,
the Special reports on Rwanda
and numerous other countries. It is also possible to search
the content of the web site. This is a model of the kind of resources that
can be provided over the web.
a Children's Agenda: New Challenges for Social Development. Provided
the Children. Documents the neglect of chldren's interests in development
planning and offers alternatives.
United Nations Commission
on Sustainable Development.
United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD),
September 5-13, 1994 in Cairo, Egypt
LaFollette and Larry May, "Suffer
the Little Children," World
Hunger and Morality, ed. William Aiken and Hugh LaFollette (Prentice-Hall,
Inc. 1996). This essay is one of the most widely reprinted pieces on the topic of world hunger. The authors make a very strong case for the specific moral significance of the suffering of little children in regard to world hunger. Available free online by courtesy of the authors.
- Hugh LaFollette, "World Hunger." in Blackwell Companion to Applied Ethics, ed. Ray Frey and Christopher Heath Wellman (Oxford: Blackwell 2003). An excellent w of the main issues relating to world hunger by a noted philosopher. This case provides an excellent discussion of what the proper starting point is for reflection on the problem of world hunger. Available free online by courtesy of the author.
- Jean Drèze,
the Limit," New York Review of Books, May
29, 1997. Reviews of How Many People Can the Earth Support? by
Joel E. Cohen and The Carrying Capacity Briefing Book by
the Carrying Capacity Network.
A Bibliographical Survey of Philosophical Literature on World Hunger
Biliographical essays are drawn
from Lawrence M. Hinman, Contemporary
In addition to the standard ethics journals mentioned in the bibliographical essay at
the end of Chapter One, also see the journals Ethics and International Affairs and World
Nigel Dower's "World Poverty" in A Companion to Ethics, edited by
Peter Singer (Cambridge: Blackwell, 1991) surveys the literature and argues "for a
moderate but significant duty of caring in response to the evils of extreme poverty."
Onora O'Neill, "International Justice: Distribution," Encyclopedia of Ethics,
edited by Lawrence C. Becker and Charlotte B. Becker (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc.,
1992), Vol. I, pp. 624-628 provides an insightful and nuanced discussion of the issues of
distributive justice, especially insofar as they relate to world hunger.
Several reports on the state of the world have help to share the international
discussion of these issues. In the United States, the Presidential Commission
on World Hunger, established by Jimmy Carter, issued Overcoming World Hunger:
The Challenge Ahead (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1980).
For a more global perspective, see the Brandt report, formally
known as the Report of the Independent Commission on International Development
Issues, North- South: A Program for Survival (Cambridge: M.I.T. Press,
1980). For replies to this, see Teresa Hayter, The Creation of World Poverty:
An Alternative View to the Brandt Report (London: Pluto Press, 1981); Denis
Goulet and Michael Hudson, The Myth of Aid: The Hidden Agenda of the Development
Reports (New York: IDOC/Maryknoll Press, 1971); and Frances Moore Lappe,
Joseph Collins, and David Kinley, Aid as Obstacle: Twenty Questions about
our Foreign Aid and the Hungry (San Francisco: Institute for Food and Development
Policy, 1980./1981). Also see the Brundtland Report