10 Afghanistan: Annual Income $1,100
9 Niger: Annual Income $771
Niger is located in Western Africa and is a landlocked country. With a landmass of over 1,270,000 km it is the 22nd largest country and has a population over 17,129,000. The average income is $771 a year. Over 80% of the land area is covered by the Sahara desert. The largest income in Niger is from crops, which include rice, cowpeas and onions, livestock which includes camels, goats, sheep and cattle, uranium and gold. With a drop in the use of uranium, the economy has continued to slide. Add to this the lack of rain for the crops, and over population confined to the small amount of land that is livable, and it is easy to see why this country is one of the poorest in the world.
8 Burundi: Annual Income $625
Burundi is located in Eastern Africa and is a landlocked country. It has an area of 27,834 km, which makes it the 145th country in size, and has a population of 8,749,000 which ranks it 89th. With an average annual income of $625 per person, Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world; mainly due to the lack of education, lack of economic freedom and a poor legal system. Over 80% of the population lives below poverty level with famines, food shortages and AIDS running rampant. Income in Burundi comes from crops such as cotton, tea, corn, sorghum sweet potatoes and bananas, or from raising cattle. Mining is also a source of income and includes uranium, nickel, cobalt, copper, and platinum.
7 Zimbabwe: Annual Income $589
Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa and is a landlocked country. It has an area of 390,757 and is 60th in size of all countries and it has a population of 12,970,000 which is ranked 72nd. With a per capita income of $589, Zimbabwe is one of the two poorest countries in the world. Men have a life expectancy of 37 years and women only 34 years which is the lowest in the world. Income is mostly from harvesting trees such as teak and mahogany. The over harvesting of the trees is causing many concerns. Mining is also a way of life for gold, platinum and diamond. Tourism was a main source of income but that has been declining lately and the unrest in the area is not getting any better.
6 Eritrea: Annual Income $546
5 Madagascar: Annual Income $500
4 Liberia: Annual Income $436
3 Central African Republic: Annual Income $300
2 Malawi: Annual Income $253
1 Democratic Republic of Congo: Annual Income $236
Democratic Republic of Congo is located in Central Africa and is landlocked except for a small area that reaches the Atlantic Ocean. It has a land area of 2,345,409 km which is the 11th largest in the world and a population of over 75,000,000 which is 19th. Congo has an average annual income of $236; which is the second smallest in the world. Congo has the richest mining sites of diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, germanium, uranium bauxite, iron, coal and radium and about 70% of all coltan in the world, most of which is not being mined. It is estimated that over $20 trillion in minerals are in the mines of Congo. This plus a missing $88 million owed to Congo from mining companies from other countries and the poverty of this country could be eliminated.
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