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You make some good observations Terryanne. There is certainly no place for complacency. Even as the incidence of poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa has trended down beginning in the mid-1990s, the actual number of poor people has risen. The region has the highest average total fertility rate -- 5.1 births per woman -- in the world [Family Planning Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa in Yes Africa Can.See it here:,,contentMDK:22549653~pagePK:146736~piPK:146830~theSitePK:258644,00.html However, note that India, which has reduced the incidence of poverty by 10 percentage points between 1990 and 2005, has also seen an increase in the number of people who are poor.