Hard Numbers

386: In the first 11 days of 2018, there were 386 protests in Venezuela that centered on demand for food.


80: Just one in 45 Indians owns a car or truck, only 3% have ever been on an aeroplane, and 80% say inequality is a big problem. India has boosted those earning below $2 a day to $3, but it hasn’t helped those at the bottom of the ladder climb much higher.

40: About 40 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa, or nearly 400 million people, live in urban areas. Over the next 25 years, that number is expected to double, increasing demand for new and better infrastructure in some of the world’s poorest countries.

17: Remittances from Salvadorans living in the United States account fora colossal 17% of the country’s GDP. Their status in the US is an increasingly open question.

15: A new Starbucks opens in China every 15 hours. But a recent agricultural census in China found 314 million people, or 40% of the country’s workforce, was employed in farming in 2016.

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