Margaret Scott

Переосмысление нищеты

НЬЮ-ЙОРК. В прошлом году Продовольственная и сельскохозяйственная организация ООН объявила, что число голодающих в мире за прошлое десятилетие увеличилось. В 2008 году Всемирный банк объявил о существенном снижении количества бедных людей к 2005 году. Но если бедность определяется преимущественно с точки зрения дохода, позволяющего избежать голода, как это может согласовываться с таким заявлением?

Согласно определению Всемирного банка международной черты бедности как "доллар-в-день", которое было пересмотрено в 2008 году как 1,25$ в день в ценах 2005 года, все еще существует 1,4 миллиарда человек, живущих в бедности, по сравнению с 1,9 миллиарда в 1981 году. Однако, поскольку Китай обеспечил большую часть этого снижения, то, по крайней мере, появилось на 100 миллионов человек, живущих в бедности вне Китая, больше, по состоянию на 2005 год, чем было в 1981 г.

В Африке южнее Сахары и некоторых местах Азии бедность и голод остаются необычайно высокими. Международные агентства считают, что более 100 миллионов человек были доведены до нищеты в результате повышения цен на продовольствие в 2007-2008 годах и что глобальный финансовый и экономический кризис 2008-2009 гг. увеличил их число еще на 200 миллионов. Задержка восстановления числа рабочих мест, уменьшившихся в результате глобального спада, остается основной проблемой, препятствующей снижению уровня нищеты в ближайшие годы.

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