[This speech was delivered during the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Ministerial Conference in Rome, Italy in November, 1987]
November 12, 1987.
GLOBAL WEALTH IN POVERTY
The poor in our county, who are mainly in the rural areas, can be looked at as a class of people living on a higher slope of an arid mountain, depending for their livelihood on rain water that falls on the slopes. This rainfall seeps into the slopes and flows down the rivers to the plains meandering through canals and streams, surpluses of which go to the sea. By the process of evaporation the water, all along the way, evaporates to form clouds in the sky. The clouds are then pushed by the wind to break down as rain whether above the sea, on the plains or on the slope itself.
That mountain is political power as the majority of voters are in the rural areas and among the lesser haves, and generally involved in agriculture.
Aridity is poverty.
The rainfall is money, coming out of government expenditure, whether in the form of direct spending or subsidies and other forms of aid. Through trade and business transactions, the money is drained down the plains, which is symbolic of the cities, and surpluses go to the seas as accumulated funds. Evaporation, like taxation, which generates a lot of heat, causes vapour to rise upward and accumulate to form clouds which is the Treasury. It is the political wind that blows the clouds and thereby determines the distribution of rain or government expenditure.
On a global basis, things are about similar.
The majority of the world’s population are in the poorer countries or in countries classified as poor. Should there be a voting on a one-man one-vote basis to form a world government (God forbid), it would definitely be that the poorer people of the world will triumph. If world peace is to be in any way related to the development of the world economy, then the “water” cycle earlier mentioned, should also be valid for comparison on a global basis. The riches accumulated in the world should be made to recycle through trade in order to have global peace.