The Gambia is one of Africa’s smallest and poorest countries. The 2009 Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme ranked the country 168th of a total of 182 low-income countries. Poverty is widespread. More than 60 per cent of the rural population is classified as poor. Poverty is substantially uniform throughout the country. More than 90 per cent of extremely poor people in the country and more than 70 per cent of other poor people depend on agriculture for their livelihood. The recent global crises (the financial crisis, and soaring food and fuel prices) have meant considerable hardship for poor rural households in particular. These crises have impacted the country’s economy tremendously, and have pushed many more people into extreme poverty. For example, in 2008, the price of a bag of rice (a staple food) skyrocketed to a 50 per cent increase over its normal price in six months, making it extremely difficult for many poor households to sustain their normal intake of food, in terms both of quantity and quality.
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