The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC – CEPAL) highlighted today Peru is one the countries, which registered the highest poverty reduction in the region, according to information available to 2013.
According to the report titled “Social Panorama of Latin America 2014”, which was introduced in Santiago (Chile), five of the 12 countries registered reductions in poverty due to higher income, despite the lack of progress in the regional average.
The countries with considerable decreases are: Paraguay (from 49.6% in 2011 to 40.7% in 2013), El Salvador (45.3% to 40.9%), Colombia (from 32.9% to 30.7%), Peru (25.8% to 23.9%) and Chile (10.9% to 7.8%).
“Concerning Peru, poverty was reduced by 1.9% in the same period. Meanwhile, extreme poverty decreased by 1.3% (from 6.0% to 4.7%),” it indicated.
However, the report reveals in 2014 poverty affected 28% of Latin American population, which means the reduction process has stagnated compared to that level reached until 2012.
During the same period, indigence increased from 11.3% to 12.0%. All this comes in a context of economic slowdown.
According to the document, poverty was stable between 2012 and 2013, when it affected about 28.1% of the population.