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March 17, 2005

The geography of poverty


The map above shows the distribution of stunted growth in children under five years old.

This correlates extremely well with chronic undernutrition and poverty.

"Persistent high prevalence of stunting among children indicates chronic failure in poverty alleviation."

"Stunting has a negative impact on the intellectual and physical development of children, compromising the development of human resources in poor countries."

"The reduction of chronic undernutrition will boost economic growth and help alleviate poverty."

These maps are stunning.

That such disparities should exist amongst the plenty that exceeds needs in much of the world is just confounding.

March 17, 2005 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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