World's 75 Percent Poorest Reside In Rural Areas: Report
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World's 75 Percent Poorest Reside In Rural Areas: Report

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 13:14 Hrs   |    2 Comments
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BANGALORE: Today, the world’s 75 percent poorest people are concentrated heavily in rural areas, revealed the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (Icrisat). Most of these rural masses are dependent on agriculture, and as such the best way to overcome poverty is to make farming profitable, reports Syed Akbar of The Times of India.

To curb poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation, John Kerin AM, an ICRISAT Ambassador of Goodwill, contemplate on the need for science-based solutions for farming and agricultural related work.

Kerin said, "I'm very pleased to take on the role as an ICRISAT Ambassador of Goodwill, to help support their important work. I well-remember my visit to ICRISAT in India some years back. Not only does their research improve the lives of the poor, it is also helping farmers in Australia," reports TOI.

"We cannot be any prouder of all our Ambassadors of Goodwill, who include Mr Bill Gates and Prof MS Swaminathan," said Dr William Dar, ICRISAT Director-General.

"The drylands are also the producers of the new Smart Foods - foods that are not only good for you but also good for the environment because of their low usage of water and other inputs, as well as being lifesavers for the rural poor who have few other options. Crops like millets are less known but are hailed to be the next quinoa and the new Smart Food," he continued.

"Through our Ambassadors, we can further spread the word on crops like millets and legumes that have triple benefits of being highly nutritious, good for the planet, and play an important role in overcoming poverty and malnutrition in poor areas," ICRISAT Director-General added.

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1: These 75% rural poor produce the food we all eat and the odther 25% living in the urban areas just juggle the food supplies [in the name of food management]and collect 75% of their value. Further less than 5% accumulate the wealth from the efforts of the 75% rural poor for personal greed and waste leaving the rural 5% with less than 5% of the food and wealth.

Modern economy designed by the highly literate [not education] who use their expertise for personal ambitions and ignore the rural producers.

Even in cities the lady who cleans your house gets only a fraction of the woman who works in some ac office and who employs her. The same goes to men who clean the roads and drains. These poor protect the health of the urbanites while the poor live unhealthy slums and are again neglected by thoe in power.

May be these urban poor should just not clean the houses-roads-drains-toilets and colect the rubbish and then those in power may realize the value of these productive citizens who are improvished by the juggling technocrats like politicians, civil servants or financial/other professionals.
Posted by:Gursharan Singh - 28 Aug, 2014
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'leaving the rural 5% with less than 5% of the food and wealth'
should read

'leaving the rural 75% with less than 5% of the food and wealth'.
Gursharan Singh Replied to: Gursharan Singh - 28 Aug, 2014
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