Poverty perspective

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

-- Reduction of poverty remains one of the foremost global challenges. An estimated 1.3 billion persons in the developing world will live in. absolute poverty by the turn of the century. While the Headcount method of measuring poverty counts the proportion of people whose income or consumption is below a certain minimum level, the Poverty gap measures the extent of this shortfall Use of major resources are related directly to poverty incidence: the use of freshwater goes up as poverty decreases, as does nutrition and health behaviour. As one graph shows, sharp changes occur in the wealth cpmponent by poverty incidence. Thus, a global strategy for poverty eradication must be informed with environmental considerations to promote sustainable development

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