All the serious students of poverty agree that the trillions of dollars we have invested in ending poverty have failed miserably. In fact, in many places, they have actually made it worse. Yet through its direct impacts on population growth, environmental degradation and political stability, futurists agree that poverty eradication is critical to the survival of the planet. The theory and practice of international development has long been the exclusive domain of academics and specialists. Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail sounds a radical challenge to conventional development thinking. Written for a popular audience that is increasingly sophisticated about global issues, it seeks to expose the 'three great poverty eradication myths' of our time. In place of these myths, it tells the story of poverty as it is experienced by individuals like Krishna Bahadur Thapa, a Nepali farmer who is just one of the 800 million subsistence farmers worldwide who...

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