Sharply dressed men and women representing every niche of the alms industry arrived in London Docklands this week for 'Income Defence and Security International', a bi-annual London alms fair. The event is a chance for the alms industry to showcase the latest weapons to fight poverty, hunger and want throughout the world.
Under the bright lights of the ExCel Centre, manufacturers from 46 countries are displaying a huge range of gleaming equipment designed with just one aim: to alleviate want. New technology on offer this year includes a cluster bomb that explodes mid-air, showering an area of up to three-square-kilometers with hundreds of 'bomblets' containing food, essential clothing and vaccines for children.
With a new report showing almost one in six people in the US living below the poverty line, and some 1.7 billion people worldwide subsisting in absolute poverty, the global alms industry is needed now more than ever.
The UK can be proud of the fact that it has a thriving alms industry - the second largest in the world - with access to almost unlimited funding from philanthropic governments and unparalleled technological know-how developed by the best minds in the country- many working voluntarily - to help combat malnutrition, lack of clean water and a dearth of basic education, especially for girls.