Poverty remains a central problem of the 21st Century for both the developed and the developing world. According to recent estimates by the World Bank, 1.4 billion people are poor by the criteria of living on less than $1.25 per day. Perhaps more surprising is that poverty is currently surging within the world's wealthiest country, the United States, increasing to 46 million in 2011, including approximately one million residents of the upstate region of New York State.
This project is designed to establish a social science program on poverty and economic hardship in upstate New York, and extend this research to a network of public decision makers and community leaders. Our goal is to establish education and action programs within a set of upstate partner counties, share the lessons from the programs, and then to evaluate the efficacy of the efforts. Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, provide support for the program.