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Over the years the incidence of poverty has been in the increase defying all government effort. The issues of poverty has become a topical discuss in the world that it occupied a front burner. Poverty in Nigeria has been in the rise as in 2009 the rate of poverty was 53.5, it rose to 62.9 percent in 2010, and in 2016, the rate has reached a time record of 72 percent. The purpose of this study was to provide a clear picture of the extent of poverty in Katsina state in particular and Nigeria in general. The study adopted survey approach and 400 useable questionnaire was utilized for the analysis which was done using descriptive and chi-square analysis. The main findings from the analysis indicates the prevalence of abject poverty in the rural areas of Katsina state. The study recommends that the existing poverty alleviation programs in the state and in Nigeria as a whole should be review in such a way to make the strategy more effective in tackling poverty. The main contribution of this study was its empiricism in confirming the items that measure poverty through factor analysis, and the sample size which was adequate enough for making generalization within regions and among regions.
Keywords: Poverty, Rural Development, Rural Area