"Very feasible" to end "extreme poverty" across the world

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A woman working for a collective prepares "clay cakes," sun-baked disks of clay, butter and salt, which have become a symbol of Haiti's struggles with extreme poverty and hunger. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

It's "very feasible" to end extreme poverty around the globe, but "a lot of threats" could easily derail the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

That's the measured view of Martin Ravallion, one of the world's leading authorities on the economics of poverty, speaking after the launch of his latest book at UN Headquarters.

The former World Bank poverty expert coined the benchmark by which we judge extreme poverty, at roughly a dollar a day, in the mid-1980s.

His book called The Economics of Poverty: History, Measurement and Policy, draws together the latest research and analysis with an historical perspective.

He spoke to Matthew Wells.

Duration: 4'51"

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