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Poverty: Facts and Statistics

What is poverty?

"... a denial of choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity. It means lack of basic capacity to participate effectively in society. It means not having enough to feed and clothe a family, not having a school or clinic to go to, not having the land on which to grow one’s food or a job to earn one’s living, not having access to credit. It means insecurity, powerlessness and exclusion of individuals, households and communities. It means susceptibility to violence, and it often implies living on marginal or fragile environments, without access to clean water or sanitation"

What is Poverty Line?

"The estimated minimum level of income needed to secure the necessities of life."
"A minimum income level used as an official standard for determining the proportion of a population living in poverty"

Facts Summary

Source:

The Hunger Project
www.worldhunger.org
Daily Times
World Food Programme
Hearts and Minds - Information for Change

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