I agree that population is the main problem. My thought was always that instead of dropping food into their laps, we should drop condoms, or other form of birth control. I think a laptop would be fab-but wouldn't they have to be taught how to use them, as well?
Well, I am of the opinion that simply feeding these people just inflames the problem. If you just feed them then they will survive to have children, but they will likely have many more children then they need because many of these starving people have been taught that having many children is the key to survival. Then you have the problem repeat itself because these people who were starving have increased in number, but still cannot produce their own substantial food supply, nor do they understand the concept of keeping a manageable population.
MIT Prof. Nicholas Negroponte's dream is to put a laptop computer into the hands of every child as an educational aid. Lesley Stahl reports on his progress in Cambodia and Brazil.
Approximately 8:30 seconds into this interview Lesley talks about competition to OLPC's XO, including Intel's "Classmate" laptop. Negroponte claims "Intel has hurt the mission enormously." Now they may be working it out?
srblake, I think you raise an important question. I did decide to donate an XO laptop, but I still intend on supporting the other causes I normally do. Certainly, if I were hungry, I would prefer food over a laptop. We definitely need to feed the hungry now, but helping with access to information and education could be the gift that keeps on giving.
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."