World distribution of income and population, and the mismatch between them

World distribution of income and population, and the mismatch between themClick in the image above for high resolution view
The World Bank has grouped countries based on average income. These groupings are frequently used in World Bank publications, as well as other reports on development issues. Although the vast majority of the world's population is in the lower income groups, countries such as the US, Japan and European Union member states stand for most of the economic activity.

Map prepared for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) publication The Environmental Food Crisis - the environment's role in averting future food crises, published in 2009. This map was not used in the final report, due to space constraints.

Prepared from grouping tables available from the World Bank and statistics.

ESRI ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel and Adobe Illustrator were used to prepare the map.

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