On that very day, in a pure act of mindless, frustration-inspired stroll, I stopped at the history section of our university library. A FUTO student, as though frustration is designed into the university curriculum, frustrating incidences abound around you. For one challenge overcome, another is welcomed. The recent E-riot over certificate processing fee, may offer you a clue. The stroll came with a gift, anyways.
My eyes caught a book on American history and I picked it. Flipping the pages mindlessly but not sightlessly, I stumbled upon a subtitle. The caption I can’t remember really but it talked about how America managed food security during the war. No, not that. It talked about how America, made sure she was hunger-proof during the American civil war.
Immediately, I remembered the Biafran war. I remembered how hunger was used to defeat my people. How, in empty stomach, they surrendered. That is the only piece from the book I still remember till date. Yes. “Neurons that fire together wire together,” Robin Sharma says. The truth I have come to realize, much later, is: Hunger is a tool of war. A hungry society is a conquered society.
There is a reason, government across world powers incentivise farmers and buy off excess produce, even when agriculture competes with urbanization. There is a reason warring Israel is the global leader in agricultural technology. There is a reason, China, though emerging world power, is buying off arable land in Africa. Until easterners can support their consumption, East is still a conquered and conquerable society. We shouldn’t be food secure to be war ready but to be hungry is to be conquered without war.
We shouldn’t be food secure to be war ready but to be hungry is to be conquered without war.
Hunger is a tool of war; not just war against human life but also against national building. In hunger, morality is subservient to survival; a hungry man rationalizes towards a ration; and any reformation on empty stomach is on sinking sand. Starve them to manipulate them. Praise the Lord is not for an empty stomach. In the midst of all these maxims, “Don’t sell your vote” is only as morally sensible as survival is.
A sustainable development and security of the stomach infrastructure is the foundation of every reformation or infrastructural development. Any nation that wants to foster economic development must, first, secure the stomach. My people say that a hungry man does not shout Alleluia to a Praise the Lord. The crowd will always follow who offers bread. Food security is very paramount to national development and reforms.
Without food security, values will be exchanged for food. Our true votes won’t count. The wisest man that ever lived, in his book Proverbs 28:21, said, “it is not good to show partiality but a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.”
Has hungered inspired your action or decision before? Did you overcome the impulse? How was it?
Uja, Chigozie Joy is an agricultural engineer and a writer. She is passionate about optimizing Africa’s agropotential and blogs about it on Agroven’s website and RAEP facebook group.