On Friday, October 19 the World Bank released its World Development Report 2008. The focus of the 2008 report is on agriculture, and the report is entitled "Agriculture for Development." In the report, "The World Bank Group is advocating a new ‘agriculture for development’ agenda. According to the WDR, for the poorest people, GDP growth originating in agriculture is about four times more effective in reducing poverty than GDP growth originating outside the sector."
"World hunger is a problem of epic proportions, and unfortunately it is increasing each day. As the world's largest restaurant company, we believe it is our privilege and responsibility to use our clout and make a difference in the lives of others less fortunate who are starving around the globe," said David C. Novak, Yum! Brands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our World Hunger Relief efforts will continue year after year. Our goal is to create a global movement to help stop the dying, and start the living. We believe we can truly make a difference in the lives of others by helping them move from hunger to hope."
October 17, 2007 marks the 20th anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The theme for this year's day is "People Living in Poverty as Agents of Change: 20th Anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty." To learn more about this event: