Essay about Extreme Poverty And Hunger South Africa

1153 Words Sep 28th, 2014 5 Pages
Extreme Poverty and Hunger Certainly, there is relative poverty in the United States, and in some areas, it is quite severe. Despite the government’s call in the 1960s to end poverty, persistent poverty continues for women, children, single-parent households, the elderly, and people of color. As bleak an existence many people endure, progress has been made to assist those affected with a minimum standard of living. This is not the case in many parts of the world, where more than a billion people live in extreme poverty. By definition, poverty does not mean simply lacking sufficient income, but “…is a cruel mix of human deprivation in knowledge, health, dignity and rights, obstacles to participation and lack of voice” (United Nations Development Programme, 2013, p. 1) in sub-Saharan Africa; there is absolute poverty at every level. There is no single reason for the extreme poverty and hunger in South Africa. The United Nations Food and Agriculture organization (2014) estimates 239 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were hungry and malnourished in 2010. For comparison, 925 million people were hungry worldwide, which translates to 1 in 3 people living in sub-Saharan Africa sustaining daily hunger. One of the most obvious reasons for the widespread hunger in South Africa is the fact 47% of the population lives on $1.25 or less per day (World Hunger, 2014). However, the hunger and poverty issue in South Africa is multi-faceted. As with any region in the world, there is often…

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