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Poverty in India - rural-urban migration
Seventy-five percent of India's population lives in rural poverty, which results in a stagnated economy and drives people to move to the city. Farming depends on the monsoon rains. A typical farmer feeds and clothes a family of four on $2 per day. Some families keep silk worms as a means of earning extra income but the yield is unreliable and poverty drives many farmers to suicide. Typical villages lack basic services, communications and infrastructure, resulting in a stagnated rural economy which is driving many families to move to cities.
Useful for demonstrating the push factors which lead to rural-urban migration. How many factors can students identify from watching the clip?
Older students should be able to suggest how the rural economy of India can be improved - what are the options for government?
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