Suzanne Collins, author of the Hunger Games trilogy, wittingly or unwittingly, provided economic planners in developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America with an interesting paradigm for addressing mass poverty, which is predominantly rural poverty. For example, in the Philippines, among the twenty million or so who go to bed hungry every day, some 75 percent are in the rural areas. In the language of author Collins, they are residents of District 12, the home of Katniss, Gale and Haysmith, the main protagonists of the Hunger Games. District 12, thanks to the callousness and utter negligence of the Capitol (the center of a cruel and dictatorial State), is a coal mining area completely devoid of agricultural resources where children starve to death or have to risk their lives to obtain the most meager food rations from the Capitol , which in contrast is wallowing in abundance and luxury. The Capitol in the story is a symbol of the Philippine State, which for some three decades completely neglected rural and agricultural development in its obsession with the wrong kind of industrialization.