New study: Forests are still underrated as allies to curb rural poverty

– – Poverty is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Globally, one out of every 10 people lives in extreme poverty, defined by the World Bank as living on less than $1.90 per day. Many of them live in rural areas where the poverty rate is 17.2 per cent – more than three times higher than in urban areas. If current trends continue, the number of hungry people will reach 840 million or one ninth of the world’s population by 2030 according to the World Food Programme. Poverty eradication…

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