Feeding Our Hungry World

Part II


Fisherman on Inle Lake, Myanmar/Burma



The sea’s our field of harvest,
Its scaly tribes our grain;
We’ll reap the teeming waters
As at home they reap the plain.
– John Greenleaf Whittier


Pago, Myanmar/Burma


Barley Fields, Kandze, Tibet


Rice paddies, Tibet


Tawi-Tawi, Philippines


Goa, Western India 


Cultivating Potatoes, Bamiyan, Afghanistan 


Weligama, Sri Lanka

It is estimated that 20% of the world’s population depend upon fish for their survival.
Half of the world depends on rice.
Sri Lanka 
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous
and the storm terrible,

but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
– Vincent Van Gogh










The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the
terrestrial globe.
 Its breath is pure and healthy.
It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely,
for he feels life stirring on all sides.
– Jules Verne

Sri Lanka


Dal Lake, Srinigar, Kashmir 

_SM12394, Burma/Myanmar, 02/2011, BURMA-10273


In 40 years, the global population is expected to swell by
2 billion,
so rice, today the fastest growing staple which
feeds more than half the world’s population,
will become
increasingly important to global food security.

– Pamela Whitby, BBC, The Race for Rice, 2011


Rice paddy fields, Banaue, Philippines 



The first farmer was the first person.
All historic nobility rests on the possession and
use of land.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rice paddies, Thailand

Rice has fed more people over a longer period of time
than has any other crop in human history.
Rice: Then and Now”
by R.E. Huke and E.H. Huke


Java, Indonesia
Woman working in a field devastated by volcanic debris and flood waters


Farmer, Baluchistan, Pakistan



Give fools their gold, and knaves their power;
let fortune’s bubbles rise and fall;
who sows a field, or trains a flower,
or plants a tree, is more than all.
– John Greenleaf Whittier




Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens.
They are the most vigorous, the most independant, the
most virtuous, and they are tied to their country
and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.
– Thomas Jefferson




Luzon, Philippines


Shibam, Wadi Hadhramaut, Yemen




Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

The Amish farm as they have for hundreds
of years.  They believe that working with the soil,
raising livestock, and
growing their own food is
cooperating with God’s purposes.


The bounty of harvests in Kashmir 


Agra, India



The Farmer
Each day I go into the fields
to see what is growing
and what remains to be done.
It is always the same thing: nothing
is growing, everything needs to be done.
Plow, harrow, disc, water, pray
till my bones ache and hands rub
blood-raw with honest labor—
all that grows is the slow
intransigent intensity of need.
I have sown my seed on soil
guaranteed by poverty to fail.
But I don’t complain—except
to passersby who ask me why
I work such barren earth.
They would not understand me
if I stooped to lift a rock
and hold it like a child, or laughed,
or told them it is their poverty
I labor to relieve. For them,
I complain. A farmer of dreams
knows how to pretend. A farmer of dreams
knows what it means to be patient.
Each day I go into the fields.
– W.D. Ehrhart

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance
and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

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27 Responses to “Feeding Our Hungry World”

  1. find out here

    Feeding Our Hungry World | Steve McCurry’s Blog

  2. Sadhana Yadav Says:

    tooo much beautifull…loved it….ossom collection of pics…..and rice cultivation in different parts of the world..really….flawlessly showed….enjoed it…saved it tooo..SALUTE TO SIR(whoever created it)

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  4. The “Nepal” and “Luzon, Philippines “, wow! lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  5. The poem, The Farmer, touches a cord with me. The images all evoke a desire in me to achieve more, to do more, to try harder.

  6. Oh my goodness. Magical is an overused word but describes your photographs well. Somehow you convey with the click of the shutter all the emotions that your subjects -whether alive or not- emanate.

    I am heading to Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Hong Kong in 11 days (for about 40 days) and was starting to get a bit concerned that my expectations were so high that I was going to feel disappointed.
    Your photos brought me back the confidence -since I too like to see the world through my lens- that I will be enthralled.

    Thank you for bringing us the world!

  7. Thanks for the wonderful posts. I have been following you for a although on my rss reader, thought i would make the effort to say THANK YOU right now.

  8. That pictures have meaning and be for us our teachers… for sometimes to see is to finally understand– even if only a little.

  9. Shim Gun Says:

    I always learn from your pictures. You are my one of the best teachers.

  10. Amazing images, as always!

  11. Excellent reportage and very beautiful pictures!!

  12. Wow. Your pictures and the stories they are telling are so impressive and intense.

  13. l n nagaraj Says:

    Rice and its cultivation in beautiful colourful photos; Steve, thanks for such a nice feast for my eyes…

  14. What a superb collection of images on our food supply. The stilt fishermen shot has long been one of my favourites, and I have it right here beside me, on the cover of the National Geographic book, Work: The World in Photographs.

    You mention the redesign of your site at the bottom here, Steve. I’m a very regular visitor there, and have already seen it. As good as the site was before, I find the new version to be much more easily navigable. Love the integration of the blog, too.

    There’s always something to admire and to learn from on going through any of those galleries. Lately, I’ve been looking carefully at your use of the entire frame, and the balance you achieve within it.

    It’s so easy to crop these days, but I image you developed this art and discipline in your Kodachrome days. A great lesson to the digital photographer, then.

    Thanks once again for the inspiration…

  15. hyun ah kwon Says:

    Thank you to share your great photos. I respect you and love your photos.

  16. Incredible photographs! I love the format of your posts. Have added you to my blogroll.

  17. Caro Sr Steve
    a população mundial cresce vertiginosamente e como fazer para que todos tenham pelo menos um prato de comida em seu dia?
    Hoje a produção de alimentos esta na mão de grandes empresas
    onde cada grão produzido representa lucro, os pequenos produtores estão cada vez mais sufocados.
    Temos regiões muito bem alimentadas e regiões extremamente famintas . Como equilibrar isso? Acredito que o mundo seria muito mais feliz se todos pudessem comer e esse prato de comida não faria falta as nações que hoje jogam comida no lixo

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Never tire of viewing your images. Awesome!

    Karla Kennedy

  19. Mind blowing compositions,colours,atmosphere. scent of earth of each country is so obvious in each photograph!

  20. Reblogged this on labambinacolpalloncino and commented:
    Foto meravigliose dal blog di Steve McCurry

  21. I continue to be shocked by the breadth of impressive work you have. Really, really impressive.

  22. margarida marques Says:

    As always, very beautiful photos who make us reflect on life and values. Thanks for sharing them.

  23. McCurry’s classic stature of excellence…

  24. Amazing stuff. You should consider traveling to Bhutan.

  25. hello,

    I’m Dora from turnsofendearment and I wanted to let you know that I have awarded you with the Versatile Blogger award (for more see here: http://turnsofendearment.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/passing-on-the-versatile/) . . thank you for the great posts and blog overall!!


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