Rural Disaster Risk-poverty Interface

Published on 15 September 2008

The majority of the world’s poorest people live and work in rural areas. The 2008 World Bank World Development Report ‘Agriculture for Development’ puts the figure at 75%. Regional differences are striking, ranging from 41% of poor people living in rural areas in Latin America and Caribbean to almost 93% in East Asia and Pacific region.

Definitions of urban and rural differ by country, and lines between the two can be blurred, for example in peri-urban areas people often pursue livelihood strategies that are akin to more rural settings, while rural towns might provide opportunities for rural non-farm incomes for people living in villages. There are often strong links and dependencies between rural and urban areas, through migration and flows of remittances and goods.


Stephen Devereux

Research Fellow

Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

Research Fellow


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