Dramatic poverty reduction in the third world: prospects and needed action

Mellor, J.W. (1990) Dramatic poverty reduction in the third world: prospects and needed action. Documentation. IFPRI, Washington, USA.

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The national and international requisites for removing hunger in the Third World are discussed. It is virtually impossible for a largely agricultural country to achieve growth of its nonagricultural sector unless the agricultural sector is growing as well. The numbers of people living in absolute poverty in the developing world has increased around 14% in the 70s; however in the rapidly growing middle-income developing countries, the numbers of people in absolute poverty has fallen by one-half in the last two decades. By contrast the low-income countries have shown a 50% increase in the numbers in absolute poverty in this decade. Using examples from India and Bangladesh, a significant factor in improving living standards for rural communities is improved infrastructure including roads, electricity and telephones. It is argued that the agricultural sector is the best starting point for all programs aimed at accelerating national economic growth

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Poverty; Developing countries; Case studies; India; Bangladesh; Brazil; Thailand; RP7452
Author Affiliation: IFPRI, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036-1988, USA
Subjects: Social Sciences
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Daneti Raju
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 09:04
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2014 09:04
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/12663

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