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"Poverty is not being able to consume 2,173 calories a day."

Sergio Daga, researcher of Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), held a colloquium on global poverty and possible solutions at the high school Mayor Mendaur

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28/11/14 17:32 Nacho Dusmet

"If a person cannot consume 2,173 calories a day, he or she is said to be in extreme poverty," said Sergio Daga, researcher of the ICSThe ICS, at the Alumni Program of development University (PADU) that took place at high school Mayor Mendaur.

The researcher explained to the residents that poverty is all-encompassing, "from the material to the spiritual". He also stressed that "poverty is an effect" and not a cause as the poor say. He added that poverty has to do with the ability to enjoy the good that one possesses, because if a person "cannot enjoy the fruits of what he has, he is still poor".

The speaker explained that global poverty cannot be solved "only by thinking physically", but that it is necessary to "know the country you want to help". That is why "the solution to poverty is through local entrepreneurs", who are the ones who know the demand of the citizens. He also explained that the international financial aid is a remedy that, sometimes, can be worse than the disease, because it can cause local companies to go bankrupt and have to lay off local employees, so they would no longer have an economic income.

Daga gave global poverty figures:"There are one billion extremely poor people in the world. Most of them, he explained, are in India and Indonesia, because they have many rural areas, "the most vulnerable to natural hazards".

The speaker analyzed the case of Latin America, where there was a reduction in extreme poverty. Daga attributed this reduction to the boom in the prices of what Latin American countries sell, especially to China and India. "It has gone out because the States were receiving money that they were allocating to social policies," he explained. However, researcher questioned the purpose of these policies, because politicians "go with them under their arms" and use them to "ask for votes".