Fred de Sam Lazaro on Rio+20 Conference:
The number of people living in absolute poverty (at or below $1.25 per day) has declined substantially and per capita gross domestic product grew 75 percent between 1992 and 2005. However, the gains have been geographically lopsided, with China and distantly second India accounting substantially for them. Hunger has actually increased — particularly in sub Saharan Africa — due to poor access to food and increasing prices, while environmental degradation imperils future food production. Globally, there is growing inequality between haves and have-nots.