10 Poorest Countries In Africa

In this article I will be sharing with you 10 poorest countries in Africa. The largest number of poor people in the world live in Africa. The poorest of the poor live in abject poverty, on a total income of less than $1 a day. We have ranked these countries in terms of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per capita, the total economic production of the country divided by the number of people in the country. So not to waste much of your time, after a careful study and research I present to you the 10 poorest countries in Africa.

1. Madagascar

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Over 2 million people in Madagascar are in danger of imminent starvation due to a prolonged drought. Relative bright spots in Madagascar’s economy include its nickel mines, textile production and fisheries. Madagascar which was ranked as one of the most spectacular centers of biodiversity and 90 percent of its wildlife found nowhere else on the planet now has vast areas of complete destruction of the landscape from drought and fires.

2. Somalia 

Somalia is one of the poorest countries in Africa. The country has become synonymous with violence, lawlessness, and extreme poverty. About 43 percent of its population lives on less than $1 a day, and the leading industry of the country is livestock production.

3. Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in Africa. The country has been devastated by civil war and the Ebola epidemic. Unlike Liberia, Sierra Leone has also been plagued by natural disasters, especially mudslides. 60 percent of the population is engaged in subsistence farming.

4. Malawi

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Over 70 percent of Malawians earn less than $1 per day. Most of Malawians workers have jobs in agriculture, which is plagued by increasingly common droughts and floods. Farmers are too poor to buy tractors and fertilizer.

5. South Sudan

South Sudan is one of the poorest countries in Africa. The economy of the country is one of the most underdeveloped in the world. It has one of the world’s highest infant mortality rates and one of the world’s highest rates of illiteracy in women. It has one of the youngest populations in the world, with over 40 percent of its population is under the age of 14 and 90 percent of the population lives on less than $1 a day.

6. Central African Republic

The Central African Republic has endured decades of religious violence and civil war. The country has endured war that has lasted for 20 years. In 2013 the capital was taken over by a rebel group. Citizens where driven out of their homes into refugee camps, and then driven out of their refugee camps. Since 2016, UN peacekeeping troops have brought some stability to the country and the World Bank has invested in small business development, but lawlessness, disease, and lack of infrastructure cripple the economy.

7. Niger Republic

Niger Republic is one of the poorest countries in Africa. The country is trapped between armies of the Islamic State and Boko Haram. And the United Nations Development Index ranks Niger Republic as the poorest country on earth, simultaneously experiencing an explosion in its birth rate and a chronic drought that leaves over 2 million of its citizens in danger of starvation. Even in a good year, the United Nations says, Niger Republic cannot feed itself.

8. Mozambique

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in Africa. The country is trapped with war and conflict. Mozambique has invited troops from other African nations to fight its Islamic insurgency, so that it can concentrate on recovering the $2 billion loan which was stolen by bad leaders in the country and thereby crippling the economy.

9. Burundi

Burundi is one of the poorest countries in Africa. The country has passed through a period of turbulence and war in the 1990s. Burundi is a tiny, landlocked, densely populated country and deficient in natural resources. But the country’s lack of legal protection for investments has discouraged business investors from coming to Burundi.

10. Liberia

Liberia is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Liberia was founded in 1820s as a refuge for former American slaves. It has come out of a horrific civil war under a woman-led government that rebuilt schools, hospitals, and roads that had been destroyed during the fighting. But an Ebola epidemic in 2014 and the completion of international aid programs in 2017 have left the country to face its considerable economic challenges on its own.

Austine Ikeru
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