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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger (MDG 1) - CIDA

Targets
  • Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day
  • Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people
  • Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
MDG 1―Eradicate Extreme Poverty
and Hunger

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Overview

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Although extreme poverty has been significantly reduced since 1990, major gains in the attainment of eradicating extreme poverty are likely to have stalled due to the economic downturn. Nevertheless, according to the World Bank Global Monitoring Report 2010, the overall poverty rate is still expected to fall to 15 percent by 2015, indicating that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target can be met.

Trends vary among the regions, with sub-Saharan Africa lagging far behind the others. For instance, it is estimated that the poverty rate there will reach 38 percent by 2015. Poverty affects women and girls differently than men and boys: although both women and men may be poor, women and girls often are less able to pull themselves out of poverty than men and boys due to discrimination, lower status, and conditions and opportunities that are more limited.

Hunger, low agricultural output, expanding populations, low private sector development, and a lack of access to credit also accounts for many of the obstacles facing the world's poor.
Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger (MDG 1) - CIDA

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