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Jakarta Post

Beyond statistics of poverty

  • Iin P. Handayani

Kentucky   /   Mon, February 13 2012   /  08:00 am

The issue of poverty has recently been brought to the public’s attention. In addition, the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development has warned that with the earth’s population set to reach nine billion by 2050, there is a real threat of massive food shortages and poverty in developing countries.

The picture of Indonesian development reveals many families are not benefiting from national economic growth. Fifty percent of Indonesia’s population is still poor, hovering around the poverty line, living on less than US$2 per day. Also, concerns have arisen as data on poverty status exist. If this continues, it will create unpredictable progress in terms of the country’s prosperity in the future.

The Center for Welfare Studies reported that the number of poor people in Indonesia increased by 6.7 percent over the last three years to 43.1 million. The report ...