Technical Network on Poverty Analysis (THINK-PA)

The Technical Network on Poverty Analysis (THINK-PA) was launched in September 2019 as part of FAO's comprehensive strategy to effectively implement the Framework on Rural Extreme Poverty and enhance the organization's capabilities to integrate poverty analysis in all its operations.

Given that poverty is predominantly concentrated in rural regions where agricultural activities are vital for livelihoods. FAO is well-positioned to contribute substantially to addressing this issue at global level.


A recent webinar held by the Technical Network on Poverty Analysis (THINK-PA) presented a paper titled "New distribution sensitive index for measuring welfare, poverty and inequality", where experts delve into innovative methods for evaluating poverty and inequality.


On 16 November the Technical Network on Poverty Analysis (THINK-PA) hosted a highly engaging webinar titled “Leaving no one behind: urban poverty traps in sub-Saharan Africa”. 

Chronic hunger continues to affect an estimated 738 million people worldwide. However, an equally critical concern alongside hunger is the affordability of healthy diets.
Economists Andrew Foster and Mark Rosenzweig shared their research findings that challenge conventional wisdom on farm productivity, land reform, and the future of agriculture.
Experts from the World Bank and Monash University have uncovered evidence of the detrimental effects of global warming on poverty and inequality. The findings highlight the urgent need for comprehensive actions to address this pressing issue.
A new study carried out by members of the FAO Technical Network on Poverty Analysis (THINK-PA) has uncovered important insights into the complex relationship between poverty and food security at the household level. 
Where we work
Measuring rural poverty with a multidimensional approach: The Rural Multidimensional Poverty Index

This report presents the results of a collaboration between FAO and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), at the University of...

Rural poverty analysis – From measuring poverty to profiling and targeting the poor in rural areas.

Reducing rural poverty is a key objective of FAO. To achieve this goal, the Organization must reach the poor and the extremely poor in rural areas,...

FAO framework on rural extreme poverty: Towards reaching Target 1.1 of the Sustainable Development Goals

Today, about 736 million people live in extreme poverty. Extreme poverty is primarily a rural phenomenon, with 80 percent of the extreme poor living...

Ending extreme poverty in rural areas - Sustaining livelihoods to leave no one behind

Sustainable Development Goal 1, ending poverty in all its forms, everywhere, is the most ambitious goal set by the 2030 Agenda. This Goal includes eradicating...

Understanding rural poverty

This course is the first in the Rural Poverty Reduction series, and provides an overview of rural poverty, and why it is so important to overcome it...

Theory-based impact evaluation for rural poverty reduction

This course considers the importance of evaluation of multisectoral strategies for poverty reduction, and describes the six principles of which theory...

FAO Policy Series: Rural Poverty Reduction

Seventy-five percent of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas. The agricultural sector, therefore has a key role to play in poverty reduction and improving rural lives. Maya Takagi, Deputy Leader of the FAO Strategic Programme on Rural Poverty Reduction, together with Ana Paula De La O Campos, Programme Adviser explain the importance of promoting inclusive economic growth; long-term support to the rural poor; social protection; empowerment of rural women; decent rural employment; equitable access to land and resources; and strengthening rural institutions are key in creating new income generating opportunities. They describe the FAO policy work, including key policy messages, to achieve this. This video forms part of a series of policy and governance videos being produced by FAO in 2016.