Vicious Cycle Of Poverty Essays
The latest data show that the number of undernourished is falling by 6 million a year.
This means that the annual rate of reduction has to be stepped up to 22 million for the target to be met.
Widespread and persistent hunger is a fundamental contradiction in today's world.
The food is there: world agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase.
Progress in poverty reduction has been concentrated in Asia and especially East Asia.
In all the other regions, the number of people in extreme poverty has increased.
Such attention is in itself an encouraging step forward, but actual progress is still painfully slow, even though measures to improve the livelihoods of the poor are affordable.
However, even using the optimistic growth assumptions, in sub-Saharan Africa nearly 40 percent of the population will still be in poverty by 2015 while there will be 45 million more poor people in the sub-continent than in 1999. Although this constitutes progress, the prevalence of hunger is still unacceptably high.
Most of today's armed conflicts and natural disasters are concentrated in regions heavily dependent on agriculture and in countries with a high proportion of food-insecure households and classified by FAO as "low-income food deficit".15.
As well as being a consequence of a conflict, food insecurity can be the cause and lead to conflict.
Poverty in its various forms has increasingly occupied the attention of the international community during the last decade.
Successive Summits have made commitments to drastically reduce the misery from which so many humans suffer throughout their lives.