The global financial crisis threatens to hamper poverty alleviation efforts in India and China, responsible for lifting the largest numbers of the world's poor out of extreme poverty. Political or social instability are concerns.
Politicians have it in their power to solve the food crisis, but they must be willing to end the biases against big commercial farms and genetically modified crops and do away with farm subsidies.
Experts discuss the challenges global poverty presents and recommend approaches that can help to overcome poverty, inequality, and the concomitant barriers to opportunity for the world's poor at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, cosponsored with the National Democratic Institute, the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and the City and County of Denver's 2008 Rocky Mountain Roundtable.
This roundtable was underwritten, in part, by Chevron Corporation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Michael Gerson argues that despite rising food prices, the U.S. government has the ability to practically end hunger within its borders. And while there may be many explanations for why it has not already done so—there are no excuses.
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The UN Human Rights Council Resolution 8/11, regarding human rights and extreme poverty, was adopted on June 18, 2008.
Simon Robinson writes about the Naxalites, a Maoist insurgency numbering between 10,000 and 20,000 armed fighters, who are consolidating power across India's poorest regions and posing "the single biggest internal security challenge ever faced by our country," in the words of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Gene B. Sperling explains why "we need to provide more food aid and we need to make sure it is delivered in a way that continues to strengthen school-feeding programs."
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Listen to Wesleyan professor Francisco R. Rodriguez discuss the economic policies of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez with students as part of the CFR Academic Conference Call Series.
The Congressional Research Service reports on international food aid and the 2007 Farm Bill.
Listen to UN deputy secretary-general Asha-Rose Migiro discuss priorities for the United Nations, with particular regard to international development. This event was made possible by the generosity of ExxonMobil.
Watch UN deputy secretary-general Asha-Rose Migiro discuss priorities for the United Nations, with particular regard to international development. This event was made possible by the generosity of ExxonMobil.
The former chief economist of the Venezuelan National Assembly argues that despite Hugo Chavez's pledge to fight poverty, the Venezuelan president's economic policies have hurt the poor most of all.