Main Menu
Street Children
Human Trafficking


Poverty & Hunger

Federated States of


In the early years of the 21st Century

Description: Description: Micronesia

CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Micronesia in the early years of the 21st Century.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated, misleading or even false.   No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.



If you are looking for material to use in a term-paper, you are advised to scan the postings on this page and others to see which aspects of poverty are of particular interest to you.  You might be interested in exploring the relationship between distribution of labor and per-capita GDP, for example.  Perhaps your paper could focus on life expectancy or infant mortality.  Other factors of interest might be unemployment, literacy, access to basic services, etc.  On the other hand, you might choose to include some of the possible outgrowths of poverty such as Human Trafficking, Street Children, or even Prostitution.  There is a lot to the subject of Poverty.  Scan other countries as well as this one.  Draw comparisons between activity in adjacent countries and/or regions.  Meanwhile, check out some of the Term-Paper resources that are available on-line.


Check out some of the Resources for Teachers attached to this website.

*** Extreme Weather ***

In Micronesia, the climate is characterized by hot, oppressive, windy, and overcast conditions. Throughout the year, the temperature typically varies from 78°F to 87°F (25°C to 31°C). It rarely falls below 76°F (24°C) or exceeds 89°F (32°C). The best time for hot-weather activities is from late December to mid-April.

Storms and Typhoons: Micronesia’s islands, especially in the western states, are often affected by storms, typhoons, and excessive rainfall associated with the warm and cold phases of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). The western state of Yap is particularly prone to more frequent periods of drought.adapted from Microsoft BING Copilot

*** ARCHIVES ***

The World Factbook - Micronesia

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 3 January 2020]

World Factbook has moved to --->

[accessed 6 January 2021]

Economic activity consists largely of subsistence farming and fishing, and government, which employs two-thirds of the adult working population and receives funding largely - 58% in 2013 – from Compact of Free Association assistance provided by the US. The islands have few commercially valuable mineral deposits. The potential for tourism is limited by isolation, lack of adequate facilities, and limited internal air and water transportation.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $3,400 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

    agriculture: 0.9%

    industry: 5.2%

    services: 93.9% (2013 est.)

Unemployment rate: 16.2% (2010 est.)

Population below poverty line: 26.7% (2017 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 88 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 17.8 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 73.9 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 78.6% of population

Physicians density: --

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 88.3% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 75.4% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Micronesia

[accessed 21 February 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

~ Hunger In Micronesia

~ Innovations In Eradicating Poverty In Micronesia

~ Desalination In Micronesia Could Alleviate Water Scarcity

~ New Business Opportunities In Micronesia

~ Infrastructure Development In Micronesia

~ The Impact Of Credit Access In Micronesia

~ Change Of The Century: Girls’ Education In Micronesia

~ Infrastructure In Micronesia Challenged By Climate Change

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 3 January 2020]

Other than US payments, the Micronesian economy is markedly underdeveloped. A clothing plant in Yap employs 500 workers in the country's largest private-sector industrial enterprise. The subsistence economy is thought to generate about 25% of GDP, but statistics from the government are incomplete and unreliable.

The Second National Development Plan, for the years 1992– 96, featured as its primary objective decreasing dependence on aid and, at the same time, making better use of its aid. Little has been done, however. It is estimated that after US-led grants end in 2002, per-capita GDP could drop to below $500.

All material used herein reproduced under the fair use exception of 17 USC § 107 for noncommercial, nonprofit, and educational use.  PLEASE RESPECT COPYRIGHTS OF COMPONENT ARTICLES.  Cite this webpage as: Prof. Martin Patt, "Poverty - Micronesia",, [accessed <date>]