New software can track global poverty…from space

Around the world, there are people who need help. But sometimes, populations of poverty-stricken people are difficult to find.That is why researches at Stanford have put together a program to find people who need help, from space.One of the many difficulties in dealing with poverty is simply not knowing where to send aid. In many poor countries, data on which areas need the most help are hard to get.According to World Bank data cited in the Stanford team’s press release, 39 out of 59 African countries conducted fewer than two surveys substantial enough to result in poverty measures between 2000 and 2010.  Such surveys are costly and often difficult, especially in war-torn countries. Nevertheless, the data is of great importance for policymakers who want to help.The Stanford team’s new program is…

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