Worldwide, 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty — on less than $1.25 per day.1
There has been a reduction of more than 34 percent in global hunger since 1990.2
Roughly 1 billion men, women, and children are food-insecure.3
Analysts forecast a period of volatile food prices over the next decade, which could lead to instability in poor countries.
An increase in the global population to 9 billion people by 2050 will require a 70 percent increase in agricultural production.4
About 75% of the world’s poor people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihood.*
The hard fact is that poverty will not end and it cannot end. What keeps most people from believing extreme global poverty can be eradicated in the next quarter century? People’s answers generally fall into one of five categories:
21% believe poverty is simply inevitable and will always exist;
20% don’t think enough people care about the issue;
17% feel there is not enough of a collective global effort;
17% can’t get past the enormity of the problem; or
14% do not trust what they see as corrupt governments in impoverished countries.
Even if they did believe poverty was eradicable, there are major barriers to people giving and doing more. What makes them hesitate? For many Americans, it’s a distrust of corrupt local governments (59%). For others, it’s a belief that US money should be spent on needs at home (55%). And still others admit they just don’t know what organizations to trust with their money and time (56%).