New study examines ecological underpinnings of world’s rural poverty

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A new study joined by researchers at Stanford University tries to present a general theoretical framework for modeling subsistence and health of the rural poor by analyzing ecological, economic and epidemiological factors.

It combines economic, ecological and epidemiological models in search of a solution for rural poverty.

Of the 1 billion people living below the international poverty line, most live in rural communities where the natural resources around them present a double-edged sword. Ecological systems provide subsistence, but also spread high rates of infectious diseases through pathogens carried by agricultural pests, rodents, parasites and other vectors.

Source: Xinhua News (link opens in a new window)

global development, rural development