A Precarious Existence: The Fate of Billions?

Authors

  • Fred Magdoff

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-055-09-2004-02_1

Keywords:

Ecology

Abstract

The number of people living a precarious existence has been increasing in many countries of the world, with hunger all too widespread. There are approximately 6 billion people in the world, with about half living in cities and half in rural areas. Between the poor living in cities and those in rural areas, a vast number of the world's people live under very harsh conditions. It is estimated that that about half of the world's population lives on less than two dollars per day, with most of those either chronically malnourished or continually concerned with where their next meal will come from. Many have no access to clean water (1 billion), electricity (2 billion), or sanitation (2.5 billion).

Published

2004-02-01

Issue

Section

Articles