In the SAT regions, 644 million people live below the poverty level (less than 1.25 $ a day), the majority being subsistence smallholder farmers. How can we describe an average poor smallholder farmer? What is his or her social background, livelihood options, physical and economic environment? How did he or she become poor and are they trapped in poverty?
Understanding poverty dynamics is key for formulating appropriate development strategies to help the poor in SAT regions sustainably escape from poverty.
644 million - People living on less than $1.25 a day in the semi-arid tropics
75% - Percentage of poor living in rural areas, a majority live on agriculture
90 - Out of 100 poor in developing countries live in Asia