JUST THE FACTS: POVERTY IN AFRICA
IN SUB-SAHARAN Africa, 41 percent of the population lives in a state of extreme poverty, most often found in countries with rural and agricultural populations.
1. In sub-Saharan Africa, 41 percent of the population lives in a state of extreme poverty and must try to get by on the local equivalent of just $1.90 (R24.55) or less per person per day.
2. This share is down significantly from about 55 percent in 1990.
3. Extreme poverty is most often found in countries with rural and agricultural populations, large numbers of younger people, less educational attainment and larger family sizes.
4. Sub-Saharan Africa features all of these challenges much more intensely than other world regions. 5. A big challenge is the continuing population boom. 6. The populations of China and India grew by 18 percent and 47 percent, respectively, from 1990 to 2013.
7. By contrast, sub-Saharan Africa’s population might grow as much as 75 percent from 2013 to 2036.
8. With the decline in East Asia’s extreme poverty, sub-Saharan Africa now stands as home to the largest population living in such conditions.
9. Half of all people living in extreme poverty worldwide can be found there (50.7 percent).
10. Only about one-eighth (13.3 percent) of the overall world population lives in sub-Saharan Africa.
11. The total number of people there contending with extreme poverty is about 388.7 million.
12. Any effort to eradicate extreme poverty will have to centre on sub-Saharan Africa.
Sources: The Globalist Research Center, World Bank. This article initially appeared on The Globalist. Follow The Globalist on Twitter: @theglobalist