Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty

by Rachel Baker on October 17, 2015

The UN has vowed to wipe out poverty. Its a big goal, and I’m not really sure if its even viable. But while looking at some research on poverty this past week, I ran across the webpage below from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The page highlights a report they have just put out regarding how to break the cycle of rural poverty. There are eight key message points discussing how social protection programs will help break the cycle. Regardless of what side of the aisle you land on, its probably worth reading the report, watching the video, and maybe just trying to understand the world from other people’s perspectives.

If nothing else, taking a small amount of time to consider someone else’s life challenges might help make us a healthier society and a more perfect union.

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Social protection and agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on reducing poverty have been met by many countries, yet many others lag behind and the post-2015 challenge will be the full eradication of poverty and hunger. Many developing countries increasingly recognize that social protection measures are needed to relieve the immediate deprivation of people living in poverty and to prevent others from falling into poverty when a crisis strikes.

This edition of The State of Food and Agriculture 2015 makes the case that social protection measures will help break the cycle of rural poverty and vulnerability, when combined with broader agricultural and rural development measures.

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