25 June 2010
Income is just one measure of poverty.
According to a 2008 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report ‘more than 1 billion people lack access to roads, 1.2 billion do not have safe drinking water, 2.3 billion have no reliable sources of energy, 2.4 billion lack sanitation facilities and 4 billion are without modern communication services’
Yet whilst millions of people around the world go hungry, the world currently produces more than enough food to feed its population. That situation may change due to the effects of climate change and the continuation of unsustainable agricultural methods and as the population increases, but nevertheless hunger, one of the most obvious symptoms of poverty, is often less the result of a lack of food than a distance from food. When people live far away from food sources, food security depends on infrastructure that ensures food can be transported in an efficient and cost effective way.
The reasons for the continued existence of global poverty are well understood as are the actions required to end it.
The Global Poverty Project seeks to invigorate the global movement to take effective concerted action on poverty. Resources on its website clearly articulate the facts of extreme poverty and demonstrate that by making simple changes everyone can be a part of the solution.