Archive for the ‘World Black Economics’ Category

Poverty in Africa Begins With a Lack of Clean Water

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The lack of water is an often insurmountable obstacle to helping oneself. You can’t grow food, you can’t build housing, you can’t stay healthy, you can’t stay in school and you can’t keep working.

Without clean water, the possibility of breaking out of the cycle of poverty is incredibly slim.

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Foreign demand for beef, soybeans adds pressure on Amazon forest

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Rising foreign demand for beef and soybeans will tempt Brazil to clear more of the Amazon rainforest, in a reversal of recent success in slowing forest losses, a study said on Thursday.

About 30 percent of deforestation in Brazil in the decade to 2010 was due to farmers and ranchers seeking land to expand export production of beef and soybeans, against about 20 percent in the 1990s, the report said.

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African nations increase farm spending, winning poverty battle

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President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger.

The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture.

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Africa’s boom not denting poverty enough, economists say

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Fast-paced African countries may have growth rates that are the envy of developed economies, but the continent’s boom has failed in recent years to significantly dent poverty levels, economists say.

Sub-Saharan Africa is set to grow by 5.6 percent this year, according to latest figures from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), with 18 countries hitting at least six percent.

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Transforming to create jobs and end poverty in Africa

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Africa today presents a mixed picture. Economic growth is defying expectations. Yet, the continent as a whole is short of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for 2015. The challenge then is to make growth equitable and strengthen policy interventions for reducing poverty. The question is how? The answer is the structural transformation of African economies.

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Poverty

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Relative poverty is a term used on the news to mean people who have less money than those living around them. This term is generally used when talking, for example about “UK child poverty”. (Politicians even argue about whether such differences in wealth are a good or bad thing.)

Absolute poverty is different. Some people are much poorer. For them, a whole week’s income is less than the amount someone in the UK, on the legal minimum wage, earns in an hour (£5.93).

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Africa Hunger and Poverty Facts

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 239 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were hungry/undernourished in 2010 (its most recent estimate). 925 million people were hungry worldwide. Africa was the continent with the second largest number of hungry people, as Asia and the Pacific had 578 million, principally due to the much larger population of Asia when compared to sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa actually had the largest proportion of its population undernourished, an estimated 30 percent in 2010, compared to 16 percent in Asia and the Pacific (FAO 2010).  Thus almost one in three people who live in sub-Saharan Africa were hungry, far higher than any other region of the world, with the exception of South Asia.

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NO EASY SOLUTIONS IN GUATEMALA

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There are no easy solutions in Guatamala. The majority of the country’s indigenous population lives in poverty and oppression. The conditions for human rights and a society ruled by law are poor.

HAITI – PROGRESS IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING

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On January 12th 2010 Haiti was struck by a catastrophic earthquake. The magnitude of the quake measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale, and it killed more than 200.000 people and left 300.000 wounded.
Two million people lost their homes, and many of them continue to live in temporary camps.

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SOUTHERN SUDAN AND NORTHERN SUDAN

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In 2011 Sudan was divided into two independent states – South Sudan and Sudan. After the independence of South Sudan, DanChurchAid has primarily focused our work in South Sudan but we continue to provide humanitarian assistance in Sudan.

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