"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed"-Mahatma Gandhi
Poverty alleviation is about meeting man's needs. Economic growth is about meeting man's greed. And the first is definitely more important than the second. While needs are few, greed can be unending, which tells us that the first should also be easier to achieve than the second. Yet, humanity seems to be crawling towards the first goal while it's hurtling towards the second.