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Guides: Poverty in Africa

Last Updated: Thursday June 09 2005 15:30 GMT

Why is Africa poor?

Map of Africa
By the year 2000, half the world's poor were in Africa.

It is the only continent to have become poorer in the past 25 years.

This is because of several reasons:

  • Borrowing money
  • Growing cash crops
  • Dictatorship
  • Fighting
  • Population growth
  • Land ownership
  • Climate change
  • Dirty water
Click on the guide pages on the right hand side to find out about each of these issues affecting Africa.

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