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How can the world feed more than 9 billion people by 2050 in a manner that advances economic development and reduces pressure on the environment? Answering it requires a “great balancing act” of three needs—each of which must be met simultaneously.
How can the world feed more than 9 billion people by 2050 in a manner that advances economic development and reduces pressure on the environment? This is one of the paramount questions the world faces over the next four decades.
World Resources Report #1, "The Great Balancing Act."
Of the 2.6 billion people who live on less that $2 per day, almost 2 billion live in rural areas, in countries whose economies and people are most dependent on natural resources.
p>Worldwide, the number of people living on less than $1 per day-the international standard for extreme poverty-has dropped from 1.25 billion in 1990 to 986 million in 2004 (the latest year for which
Some 2.6 billion people live on less than $2 per day, with three quarters of them in rural areas.
Strong property rights have been found to be associated with increased economic growth.
Since 1990, poverty analysts have been using the $1 per day standard as the international poverty line for extreme poverty.