The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and its partners have launched a new corporate framework on “Rural Extreme Poverty” aimed eradicating extreme poverty for all people by 2030.
The FAO Director-General, José da Silva said during the launch in Rome that the framework was targeting the Sustainable Development Goal 1 to end poverty.
According to him, this had become imperative because since 1990, global progress on poverty reduction had been gradual progressive and unprecedented, presently more than 736 million people, about 10 per cent of the global population were still living in extreme poverty.
“Which is currently measured as people living on less than 1.90 dollar a day,”
“Given these trends, FAO believes that more needs to be done to reach the extreme poor who live predominantly in rural areas.
“FAO is stepping up its efforts to end extreme poverty. This is important as it will also bring us closer to ending hunger and malnutrition and reaching other SDGs.
“Ending extreme poor means when the poor have means to improve their lives, they no longer suffer from hunger and can invest in a better future for their families and communities.
“Therefore, it is not by accident that the SDG1 and SDG2 are the first two and the cornerstone of the other goals,” added the FAO Chief.
da Silva also said that FAO was stepping up its efforts to end extreme poverty and it had become essential as it would also bring all concerned closer to ending hunger and malnutrition and reaching other SDGs.
“When the extreme poor have means to improve their lives, they no longer suffer from hunger and can invest in a better future for their families and communities,” he said.