EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Four Ways to Help Myanmar’s Rural Poor

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EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Four Ways to Help Myanmar’s Rural Poor

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 2:00pm

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By Roy Prosterman | 4 June 2013 

Today, about half of the world’s population is urban. This means that it is still nearly a half rural.

Roughly three-quarters of those on our planet who live on less than US$ 1.25 a day – the 1.2 billion extreme poor, as recently estimated by the World Bank – live in the countryside. The principal source of their livelihood, status and security is land.

The great majority, especially the extreme poor, lack reliable access to land of their own. They include tenant farmers or agricultural labourers on various private holders’ land, and squatters or other insecure holders on land claimed by the government to be public.

In Myanmar, for example, where government and business leaders are now converging for the World Economic Forum on East Asia, over two-thirds of the entire population is still rural, and somewhere between 20-40% of are estimated to be completely landless; a large additional percentage lack any real legal security on the land they farm.

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