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The world's mountains cover about one-fourth of the planet's land surface and are home to 10 percent of its population. They are a sanctuary for an extraordinary web of plant and animal life and a source of water for all of the world's major rivers.
Yet mountain people, the guardians of these valuable mountain resources, are among the world's poorest, hungriest and most marginalized populations. Indeed, many of the over 800 million chronically undernourished people in the world today live in mountain areas.
"Eradication of Extreme Poverty" is the number one priority of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals for the world community. Unfortunately, in many mountain countries including Nepal, the U.N. has categorized this Goal as "Far Behind."
The Mountain Fund is dedicated to achieving the Millennium Development Goals at the grassroots level.
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