WFP fights misconception of World poverty

By Nadja Jensen

War, death and hunger. Those are popular topics when the media covers developing countries. Research shows that people tend to believe that the hunger situation around the world is much worse, than it really is.

A study from Denmark shows that 85 percent of all Danes believe that the number of people living in extreme poverty is unchanged or even growing. However, the fact is that since 1990 the number of people living in extreme poverty has been reduced by half.

The big misconception can partially be blamed on the media, said Head of WFP’s Nordic office, Anne Poulsen.
“They are mostly pressing the bad news and do not follow up on improvements. I think they should write more good stories,” Poulsen said.