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The State of World Rural Poverty: An Inquiry into its Causes and Consequences by Idriss Jazairy, John Stanier

Poverty is spreading. There are now as many people living in absolute poverty - almost a billion in the rural Third World alone - as lived on the entire planet only a century ago. Yet poverty continues to be shrouded in mystery.

Consider that: Four-fifths of the world's poor live in rural areas; About 340 million people worldwide are currently chronically ill from malnutrition; Over 500 million do not get enough calories to do a full day's labor; At a time when enough grain is being produced to provide everyone in the world with twice the daily minimum caloric requirements, global hunger is at an all-time high; Half again as many rural women - almost 600 million - live in absolute poverty today as did 20 years.

In an effort to call special attention to this urgent problem, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a United Nations agency that has approved more than 300 development programs in almost 100 countries and is considered the world's foremost authority on issues of rural poverty, and New York University Press are proud to be present The State of World Rural Poverty. In the tradition of the World Development Report and World Resources, The State of World Rural Poverty, offers the first comprehensive look at the economic conditions and prospects of the world's rural poor. Certain to become the definitive source of data and analysis as well as an invaluable policy guide to issues involving development and poverty in underdeveloped nations, this volume incorporates research from all over the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814737545
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 01/01/1993
Pages: 540
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Founded in 1977, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a United Nations agency with a mandate to alleviate poverty, increase food production, and improve nutrition among the rural poor. Operating more than 265 projects in over 90 developing countries with a total cost of over $10 billion, IFAD has gained a widespread reputation as a recognized leader in micro-economic development for its innovative, grassroots approach.


John Stanier is the first officer of the British Army to have held the post of Director of Public Relations and was Chief of the General Staff from 1982 to 1985.

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