Oumar Di'dhiou, 22, stands in his tobacco nursery near the village of Badiana, Senegal.
(from the Rural Poverty Report 2011 Factsheet)
- In 2010, the population of the developing world was more rural than urban: some 3.1 billion people lived in rural areas.
- In 2010, about 34 per cent of the total rural population of developing countries is classified as extremely poor, down from around 54 per cent in 1988, while the US$2/day poverty rate in rural areas is now just above 60 per cent, down from over 80 per cent in 1988.
- About 80 per cent of rural households engage in farm activities of some sort, even if it is only part-time to meet their own food requirements.
- Non-farm self employment is important in most rural areas, with typically between 20 and 40 per cent of rural households relying on it.
- In virtually all rural societies, women are the primary caregivers, but they also perform a large part (and often most) of the agricultural work and produce the bulk of the developing world’s food crops.
- Children and youth comprise between 35 and 60 per cent of the developing world’s population, and among poor rural populations their proportions are likely even higher.