Urban Poverty Differs from Rural Poverty.

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English: Climate change poses multiple threats to poor rural people, who often live in areas where climate change is increasing the risk of floods, fires and other disasters. CIFOR helps governments and communities manage forests in ways that reduce these risks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In rural areas, poverty is often a result of

  • an absence of adequate land holdings,
  • low agricultural productivity,
  • limited non-farm employment opportunities and
  •  lack of basic infrastructure and services.

Small farmers often face enormous difficulties to acquire the necessary technology to increase their productivity and to market their products. In many cases, the rural poor are not organized enough to have their voices heard.

 In urban areas poverty is often, though not always, a result of a lack of access to urban infrastructure. The urban poor have much higher cash income than the rural poor, but are excluded from access

Farmers in the rural area

Farmers in the rural area (Photo credit: IITA Image Library)

to infrastructure and services, because they do not own the land and do not have a house registration or a building permit. They are forced to live on marginal, often hazardous land under environmentally poor conditions. The lack of access to basic services and the poor quality of the environment affects their health and that of their children and this limits their ability to make a living and to lift themselves out of poverty.

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7 Responses to Urban Poverty Differs from Rural Poverty.

  1. Arman says:

    This is so very true! Recently there has been a spate of activities with urban poors, trying to give them access to basic amenities, but the thing is while in rural areas families tend to be settled into an area, in the urban setting, families tend to float around more. That makes it that much more harder to ensure access to basic facilities like utilities, education and healthcare. I would be very interested to read more on how this is being tackled elsewhere.

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  2. Arman says:

    Reblogged this on Corporate Skirts and commented:
    This is so very true! Recently there has been a spate of activities with urban poors, trying to improve access to basic amenities. While in rural areas families tend to be settled into an area, in the urban setting, families tend to float around more, which makes it that much more harder to ensure access to basic facilities like utilities, education and healthcare. I would be very interested to hear your opinons/comments on how this is being tackled elsewhere.

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