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Hunger and extreme poverty

Having a high percentage of the population, especially children, suffering from undernourishment is a sure way to perpetuate extreme poverty. Although combating poverty is an important step towards reducing hunger, efforts to eliminate poverty per se cannot be expected to guarantee the achievement, within a reasonable time span, of the first Millennium Development Goal, which is to eradicate hunger. Extreme poverty and hunger are closely related, but they are not the same thing. A portion of the undernourished population does not belong to the poorest population groups. By the same token, not all people with very low incomes exhibit the most acute consequences of food scarcity.

Related Subject(s): Economic and Social Development
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