To move the needle on ending extreme poverty, focus on rural areas
This article, published by the Brookings Institute as part of their Future Development series, written by Homi Kharas, Constanza Di Nucci, Kristofer Hamel, and Baldwin Tong looks at global poverty and the need to focus on rural areas. The considerable gains made worldwide in poverty reduction over the last 10 years have been widely recognized. And indeed, in a year when China aspires to complete its 40-year project of lifting some 770 million people across the poverty line, it is clear that a greater proportion of the human population is wealthier today than at any other moment in history. But of course, further efforts are needed as today some 600 million people still live in extreme poverty, a number greater than the entire population of the European Union.