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Myths of Poverty
The Myths of Poverty exhibit challenges visitors’ assumptions by dispelling widespread myths about hunger and poverty. While introducing visitors to the issue of poverty, this exhibit explains why hunger can be ended and why the time to act is now. Here, visitors meet, through video and interactive exhibits, real people from around the world who are implementing these solutions in their own communities and making a difference.
An exterior of a community clinic provides the backdrop for a discussion of the important role health plays in ending hunger. In the Health Care exhibit, visitors can ask questions through interactive exhibits and learn about solutions to poor health, including proper nutrition, sanitation and water, disease eradication and access to health care. They will learn how basic items, such as immunizations and mosquito nets, can save thousands of lives each year and improve the productivity of income earning family members.
Eradication of extreme poverty requires quality education for all. Inside a schoolroom within the Education exhibit, visitors learn why providing affordable and accessible education programs for both girls and boys can be a critical step for communities trying to lift themselves out of poverty.
Visitors can see how sustainable agriculture is practiced and the benefits it brings to many resource-poor farmers around the world. After learning about the important role community food systems play in achieving sustainability, visitors discover how to make a difference in their own communities.
Visitors learn how lack of basic infrastructure such as roads, electricity, telephone service and the Internet can be a major hurdle to ending hunger and poverty. Several innovative solutions being used successfully throughout the world, such as energy-saving stoves, community cell phone cooperatives and biogas are on display.
The poor need access to competitive markets—not just for their produce but also for inputs, assets, consumer goods, credit and labor. Using a bar code scanner inside an international market, visitors explore the impact of their consumer choices. They may also trace the “farm to plate” journey of commodities such as a coffee.