Millions living in extreme poverty: ZimStats

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OVER four million people in rural areas are wallowing in extreme poverty as the country’s economic situation continues to deteriorate, while the El Nino-induced drought also persists, the Daily News can report.

Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency(ZimStats)’s poverty report revealed that out of about 11 205 687 people living in rural areas, close to 4 583 126 are extremely poor.

“Since poor households tend to have more people than the non-poor, the rural individual poverty prevalence was 86 percent compared to 37 percent among the urban population. Extreme poverty was also much higher in rural areas as 40,9 percent of the rural population was extremely poor compared to 4,4 percent in urban areas.

“Extreme poverty among the population was highest in Mashonaland Central Province with 49,5 percent of the population below the food poverty line followed by Matabeleland North Province with 45,1 percent while the lowest was found in Bulawayo with one percent,” the report said.

Speaking at the mini poverty, income, consumption and expenditure survey (Pices) dissemination workshop, ZimStats director-general Taguma Mahonde said the objectives of the survey was to understand the current living conditions in the country.

“The compiled data will be used for further analytical purposes and in the policy formulation process in Zimbabwe.

“This will also help monitor the sustainable development goals. I therefore commend the mini 2019 Pices and Pices reports in the roles they have to play in the reduction of the scourge of poverty and its causes in Zimbabwe.

“Poverty is a multi-disciplinary subject and as such ZimStats worked closely with the World Bank, Unicef, United Nations Development Fund, United Nations Population Fund and the African Development Bank,” Mahonde said.

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