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'[OT]:: Freerice - donate rice and test your vocab'
2008\05\28@070528 by Apptech

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Vocab testing 'game' which donates 20 grains of rice per
correct answer to UN World Food program

       http://www.freerice.com/index.php

Sponsor and ad driven.
I didn't notice any ads.

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Sister site to

       http://www.poverty.com/

Sobering.

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Freerice:

Totals

       http://www.freerice.com/totals.php

90 million grains yesterday.
34 billions grains to date.

About 50,000 grains/kg or 50E6/ton depending muchly on the
rice you use.
So yesterdays figure was a ton or two, and total to date is
about 680 tons. 2 to 3 tons/day average.

Daily for month to date then monthly.
Monthly totals shown since October 2007.

World donations per capita to UN ?food? program.

NZ at 27 cents per $100 earned.
US 16 cents
Norway 95 cents (!!!)

All above 80 cents = : Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Denmark,
Netherlands.


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2008\05\28@132042 by Vitaliy

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Apptech wrote:
> World donations per capita to UN ?food? program.
>
> NZ at 27 cents per $100 earned.
> US 16 cents
> Norway 95 cents (!!!)
>
> All above 80 cents = : Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Denmark,
> Netherlands.

One thing to consider is that all the countries "above 80 cents" have small
populations (Norway = 4.6M, US = 300M+). Second, I don't believe USAID and
most non-UN charities are included in the above figures.

And lastly, most good books on economics and international business consider
the topic controversial. On the one hand, when you have a severe food
shortage, people die (a tragic thing). On the other hand, the food shipments
hurt local farmers, who sometimes abandon their land and move to the cities
(a bad thing in terms of long-term food supply). Then you also have to
consider what happens when the shipments fall into the hands of corrupt
governments, or local warlords.

Vitaliy

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