6 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty

Where do we stand?

A poor woman sits on the floor beside a line of baladi bread

Egypt had already achieved target 1 (Halving between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty - on an income of less than 1.25 dollars a day) which is only limited to extreme poverty, although the poverty level, based on the national line is much higher. Progress during past years was mainly the result of high-level economic growth and adopting pro-poor policies.

Target 3 (Halving between 1990 and 2015 the Proportion of people who suffer from hunger) is a reason for concern, yet it is possible to be reached by 2015 if certain changes took place. Target 2 (Achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people) is, affected by prevailing recent conditions and remains a serious challenge, especially for women and young people. It is not likely to be achieved by the target date of 2015.

Most importantly, geographic disparities in the levels of poverty and hunger are also clearly noticeable.

 

UNDP's work in Egypt

  • Small farmers join hands to increase their bargaining power and improve their access to markets.

    Salasel: A Chain of Great Value

    Rural Upper Egyptians are the poorest in the country. While Upper Egypt represents 25% of the population, its share of the extreme poor is around 66%,more

1.02 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG1
  1. Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day
    • Proportion of population below $1 (PPP) per day
    • Poverty gap ratio
    • Share of poorest quintile in national consumption
  2. Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people
    • Growth rate of GDP per person employed
    • Employment-to-population ratio
    • Proportion of employed people living below $1 (PPP) per day
    • Proportion of own-account and contributing family workers in total employment
  3. Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
    • Prevalence of underweight children under-five years of age
    • Proportion of population below minimum level of dietary energy consumption