Agriculture land use distribution - croplands and pasture land
The World's agricultural land is used in different ways, depending on climatic and soil factors, but also related to cultural and social issues. The majority of croplands, where rice, wheat, legumes and corn - among other crops - are spread out in the Northern Hemisphere, in the temperate zone, and in South and Eastern Asia. Areas where primarily livestock is held for agricultural are dominant in Africa, South America and Australia.
28 Mar 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Poverty by country, share of population living under USD 2 per day, 2004
In the world today, some 2.6 billion people live on less than USD 2 per day, and out of those - three quarters of them in rural areas. The number of poor is decreasing in the World though, and most rapidly in Asia, while Sub-Saharan Africa remains the main area of concern. The goal, of the International community, is to half extreme poverty by 2015 - as specified in the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
11 Jul 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal